A writer/director in search of material deliberately pulls the thread that causes an entire marriage to unravel; a film-maker tortures an actress to the brink of a vodka-sodden breakdown in his quest for a “truthful” performance. Meanwhile, the first assistant director is battling waves of food poisoning, the stoned script supervisor has temporarily forgotten how to read, and the rest of the crew is jittery with caffeine and nervous tension.

Lawrence Michael Levine’s savagely comic, unrepentantly dark-hearted Black Bear follows a film-maker stuck in a creative cul de sac to a lakeside retreat run by a failed musician and his
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