A young man sees a girl on the train and in a moment of madness, follows her. Thus begins a night of wandering through New York City as he pursues—what he’s unfortunate enough to think might be—the girl of his dreams.
They talk and walk as the young man tries to win her over. Brief triumphs of connection are followed by crashing disasters. The girl constantly throws red flags at him while he tries to pretend he doesn’t see them. They argue, make gestures of peace, get lost, fight again, reconcile tentatively, go bicycle riding and engage in public indecency. When they are finally alone inside together, the girl reveals she’s not as free as she seems.
FREE SPIRIT is an ode to the possibility of a summer evening, a romantic comedy inspired by early Woody Allen and the French New Wave about the mirage of what we think we want and how narrow a window of time we have to realize we could love somebody. It is a film for anyone who has ever seen a stranger on the train and wondered: could they be . . .?