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'Wild Canaries': A murder mystery that's 'life or death' in more ways than one

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Lawrence Michael Levine as "Noah" in his film "Wild Canaries." (Courtesy of Mark Schwartzbard.  Copyright Wild Canaries LLC. A Sundance Selects release.)
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Lawrence Michael Levine (Noah) in his film "Wild Canaries." (Courtesy of Mark Schwartzbard. Copyright Wild Canaries LLC. A Sundance Selects release.)

In the new film 'Wild Canaries' Sophia Takal and Lawrence Michael Levine play Barri and Noah, a newly engaged couple who investigate signs of foul play when their elderly neighbor suddenly dies.

The new film "Wild Canaries" is about Barri and Noah, a newly engaged couple living in Brooklyn. As with most couples living together, they love each other, but that doesn't mean they don't quibble from time to time. Some of their arguments, though, are a little more unusual than most.

When their elderly neighbor dies of a heart attack, Barri automatically assumes it has to be foul play and wants to investigate, but Noah is not as convinced. Cue the bickering (and the laughs) as they set out to solve the mystery:

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Sophia Takal and Lawrence Michael Levine play Barri and Noah. Lawrence wrote and directed the film and Takal produced it. They're also married in real life. 

So what's it like to play a soon to be married couple as an actual married couple?

Takal says, "[Lawrence] just said something really interesting today which is that the dynamic between Barri and Noah doesn't reflect our married dynamic as much as it reflects our dynamic when we're making movies together. Because for us, that's the life or death thing. We make a movie and it feels so high stakes the way the murder mystery feels so high stakes for Barri."

To hear the full interview with Lawrence Michael Levine and Sophia Takal, click the link above.

"Wild Canaries" is currently playing at the Arena Cinema in Hollywood.

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