The Boy Downstairs
Zosia Mamet, Matthew Shear, Deirdre O’Connell
The intelligent, captivating Zosia Mamet (HBO’s Girls) takes centre stage in this charming, Nora Ephron-esque, Manhattan-set romantic comedy. When Diana (Mamet) moves back to New York City after a long stay in London, she moves into a brownstone only to discover that her ex-boyfriend Ben (Matthew Shear) is living downstairs. Some might move out, but Diana is a true New Yorker who understands the value of a good apartment. Matters become more complicated though when she finds out that the real-estate agent who initially showed it to her has been muscling in on her best friend – and also, weirdly, seems to be dating Ben. It’s all rather strange…
Debut writer-director Sophie Brooks delivers an appealingly fresh, assured and uncomplicated film about young love; skilfully texturing our sense of the characters through a series of flashbacks that reveals the early days of Diana and Ben’s relationship. It’s a knowing and tender exploration of millennial romance – full of a crisp, droll wit whilst also approaching its central love story with warmth and pathos – that benefits hugely from Mamet’s thoughtful performance.