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Tribeca Review: Bare

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Tribeca Review: Bare
Tribeca Review: Bare

It’s hard to pick the most startling edit in Bare, a film that attempts to strip down desire to its essence, and in a manner that would likely please Stranger by the Lake director Alain Guiraudie. One obvious choice: a bracing cut that takes us from an argument between Pepper (Paz de la Huerta) and her lover, Sarah (Dianna Agron), to a remote quarry where Sarah’s supposed boyfriend, Haden (Chris Zylka), is using empty liquor bottles for target practice.

But just as potent is an edit near the close of the final act, when Sarah, finally exhausted of her friends’ petty, conformist interests, stands up quietly and leaves a baby shower without warning, exiting through the front door and emerging through another, in a different place where the blond heroine will confront another subplot. The baby-shower scene isn’t so much left hanging as it is left precisely where Sarah wants it: in the past.