Free to View Film of the Week
Channel 4, Thursday, 1.25 am
Written by, and starring Zoe Kazan
This impressive fantasy romance, about a lonely novelist who magics a gorgeous female character into life, is weirdly plausible.
The tormented creator is Calvin, a young novelist who had a cult hit with his first book, making him rich enough to live in a huge house in Los Angeles, where he now stares at a blank sheet of paper in his old-fashioned typewriter. Depressed by the imagined lifetime of loneliness and career disappointment stretching ahead, Calvin starts having vivid dreams about a beautiful young woman called Ruby Sparks (played by Kazan): vivacious, artistic, but not a writer, not a success, and therefore not a threat. The dreams become more vivid as Calvin starts writing about this fantasy-woman, until the fantasy becomes a reality.
The real trick here is in the screenplay. A male writer might ask: what might it be like to create an ideal woman? This female writer asks: what is it like, having to be some man's idea of an ideal woman?
Definitely one to stay up for!
The Guardian ****