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The Meddler Director Lorene Scafaria On Grief, The Grove, And Getting Along With Your Mother


Lorene Scafaria’s films are, by and large, about the sort of eccentric and deeply lovable women more mainstream movies tend to overlook. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, which the writer-director adapted in 2008 from Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s novel of the same name, stars a young Kat Dennings as a smart, beautiful, but wholly insecure teen finally figuring out that being treated like shit by men isn’t her only option. 2012’s Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Scafaria’s directorial debut, follows a singularly quirky Keira Knightley as she navigates the literal apocalypse (and falls in love with an uncomfortably older Steve Carell, something Scafaria was criticized for and that we’ll get into later).

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