You can add Trieste Kelly Dunn to your list of quirky leading ladies. In The New Year Dunn gives a noteworthy performance as a small town woman stuck in a dead-end job at a bowling alley. Yet somehow Dunn makes simple acts, like washing the dishes, cinematic and heartfelt. Much of the story is a mood piece colored with melancholy and fleeting moments of happiness, but there lies its brilliance, it's unapolegtically character-driven. Dunn and writer/director Brett Haley make a good team. Hopefully they continue to make films together as well as branch out on their own.