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‘The Nowhere Inn’ review: Exploring fame & identity with St. Vincent

They call me a strange girl.

The Nowhere Inn tells St. Vincent (playing herself) and audiences in the opening moments we are going to find out who she is. The mockumentary is about the documentary being shot for Vincent’s Masseduction tour. The problem for Director Carrie Brownstein (also playing herself) is that for as exciting as Vincent is on stage, Annie Clark – the person behind Vincent – is as dull behind the scenes.

The film is about fame and identity. Clark is fine to shoot about her normal self, but CB wants to spice things up. The problem becomes when there is an inability to separate Vincent from Clark. This leads to some funny moments. Vincent asks CB to shoot a sex tape with her new girlfriend Dakota Johnson. The Nowhere Inn also introduces fans to Vincent’s Texas family. These scenes are outrageous fun.

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CB is struggling with her own issues of identity. Though she does not have two personas, how successful she is ties into her happiness. She has been on a bad streak and completing the documentary is very important to her. After a comment to Clark causes her to lose control of the documentary, her identity is further crippled. Even though she did not consider herself a successful filmmaker, she was still a filmmaker. As things progress, she seems to even be losing that.

The Nowhere Inn does a fantastic job of spotlighting both characters. There is never a case of one being shown more than the other and though the story can be confusing, it is not hard to follow. Helping matters is the chemistry between Clark and Brownstein. The two not only wrote the film, but are real life friends. There is a natural flow to their interactions. The film may be a little too abstract at times, but it is an entertaining experience.

The Nowhere Inn comes to theaters and everywhere you rent movies September 17

It is now available for pre-order on the Apple TV app: https://www.nowhereinn.movie/


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