Krisha (2015)

7.5

Movie

United States of America
English
Drama
2015
TREY EDWARD SHULTS
Alex Dobrenko, Atheena Frizzell, Augustine Frizzell
81 min

What it's about

When Krisha returns to her estranged family for Thanksgiving dinner, past demons threaten to ruin the festivities.

The take

Krisha opens with the image you see above, a bright yet stark portrait of the lead of the movie, staring with defiance at the camera. You are invited into the world of an unpredictable 65-year-old who returns home for Thanksgiving after a long disappearance. Her family greets her with mixed emotion, and her nephew (played by the director of the movie), doesn’t even want to be near her. In fact, Krisha is played by the director’s real-life aunt. His mother and grandmother also star in the movie. And the story is inspired by real-life pain: a member of his family who was a recovering addict and who fell back into drugs after a family reunion. This is a low-budget but high-dedication movie. The director, Trey Edward Shults, is a disciple of Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, Knight of Cups), whose style will be easily recognizable to those familiar with it.

Comments

Good acting but truly it was almost too painful for me to watch.

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