How do you make a film compelling
When a man goes to work every day
And loves his girlfriend
And she loves him?
When a notebook full of gentle poems
Stashed in a pocket as he drives the bus
Is all that he needs to be
When the surroundings are suburban
Washed out, simple
Just about real?
When cereal is eaten from a water glass
(No plums in the icebox)
And every morning starts the same
More or less?
When simple symbols repeat themselves
Regularly for two hours
(Circles, twins, circles, twins)?
When he sees things in black and white
(Him and the world, together but separate)
And she makes everything black and white
But sees everything as grey
(Cupcake queen, country singer)?
When an event of enormous personal significance
Is a broken bus
A chance conversation
You cast Adam Driver
On whose face the tiniest twitch
The most subtle reaction
Is everything you need to know
And who is capable of being blank
Without being empty.
And to make doubly sure
That everyone is paying attention
You add a bulldog with just enough personality
(Personality goes a long way)
And a wobbly postbox.