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'Mistress America' Director Noah Baumbach on creating 'cinema out of psychology'

Brooke and Tracy in 'Mistress America' (c) 2015
Brooke and Tracy in 'Mistress America' (c) 2015

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The film Mistress America, starring actress Greta Gerwig, opens in select theaters today.

Mistress America

Brooke is pretty, creative and seems smart, but she just can't seem to get it together on any number of levels, including her floundering efforts at a career.

Brooke starts hanging out with her soon-to-be stepsister, a college freshman and aspiring writer named Tracy. She soon receives a crash course on life.

The film was co-written by Gerwig and director Noah Baumbach, who recently spoke with Take Two’s Alex Cohen.

Alex: I couldn't help but feel like this character, Brooke is the kind of person, and specifically the kind of woman, that many of us actually know at some point in our lives ... Without naming any names, I'm curious if you have a 'Brooke' in your life.

“I think I probably had several, and it’s something that Greta and I talked about when we were coming up with the story. It was those people that you meet when you’re younger that [you] sort of meet at the right time and, for whatever reason, whatever you’re going for individually, sort of their presence and seeming wonderfulness is in some ways exactly what you need at that moment in your life. Both the character Booke and that relationship with Tracy was something we were interested in depicting.”

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