Perry and DoP Sean Price Williams ensure the audience experience the claustrophobia and restraint Philip feels in the city through the use of a handheld camera. Close-ups on the actors' faces effectively reveal their inner emotions and frustrations. Listen Up Philip is narrated by Eric Bogosian whose ironic comments summarise Philip's past (cutting the need for lengthy exposition) and underline our own feelings of exasperation with him. It's a brave choice to focus on such disagreeable men as Ike and Philip, although Perry offers some respite by spending time with each of his main characters - we watch as Ashley's career blossoms and she learns to live without Philip (with the help of a cat) and Ike's and Melanie's past is revealed during their bitter arguments. In many respects, the narrative unravels more like a novel than a film, but that perhaps is the point. The performances are top notch, particularly Pryce and Schwartzman as the misanthropes and Moss as the neglected girlfriend who forges a new life for herself.