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Director Rebecca Miller aims for the lighter side with 'Maggie's Plan'

Director Rebecca Miller aims for the lighter side with 'Maggie's Plan'

Some filmmakers have a style. Rebecca Miller has a subject.

Though you wouldn’t immediately recognize them as the work of the same artist, all of Miller’s features follow female protagonists fumbling toward personal fulfillment while navigating knotty family dynamics. These dramas are acutely observed and sometimes overly literary, and though her 1995 debut, "Angela," and 2002’s "Personal Velocity" earned, respectively, the Filmmaker Trophy and Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Miller’s work has neither attempted nor achieved mainstream success.

Her newest film, the Manhattan-set romantic comedy "Maggie’s...

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