Rebecca Miller pulls audiences in with her unique take on relationships in ‘MAGGIE’S PLAN’


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Best known for directing works such as 2005’s THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE starring her husband Daniel Day-Lewis, Rebecca Miller sharpens her pencils and brings out the camera after a six-year hiatus to do MAGGIE’S PLAN, which opened in theaters this weekend.

The film follows Maggie (Greta Gerwig) who wants a baby of her own, but she doesn’t have a partner to knock her up. So rather than wait for the right guy to come along, she takes her fertility into her own hands and finds the right donor instead.

She is young, successful, and hungry for mommyhood. She’s got a plan and nothing will stop her. Well, that’s until she falls in love with the wrong man (Ethan Hawke), a married professor at her school who latches on to Maggie when his wife (Julianne Moore) just cannot give him what he needs. Now, Maggie is in love and pregnant, all her dreams are coming true… or are they?

Read Gwen Reyes review of the film here.

Fresh Fiction had the opportunity to sit down with Miller to discuss her writing process, the themes of her film and what we can learn about ourselves from it.

MAGGIE’S PLAN is now in theaters.
DALLAS: Angelika Film Center locations in Dallas and Plano.

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Preston Barta

I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction ( as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.