Sue Lost in Manhattan

In Sue Lost in Manhattan (1997), the Israeli director Amos Kollek presents a moving portrait of a young unemployed woman in New York, who is being overwhelmed by loneliness and goes in search of human warmth. It is a touching portrayal in the director’s characteristic free style, achieved with limited means and featuring an outstanding performance by Anna Thomson. Amos Kollek, whose work shows affinities with Woody Allen, Godard, and Cassavetes, has been revered and reviled – but is, above all, too little known. His films, which often look at the lives of fragile, hopeless, and unstable women, achieve a balance between fiction and documentary. His best-known films have been shot in New York (Fiona, Bridget, and Fast Food, Fast Women).

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