“Krisha” Review ✦✦✦✧✧

14 September, 2016

Director: Trey Edward Shults
Screenwriter: Trey Edward Shults
Director of Photography: Drew Daniels
Krisha Fairchild, Alex Dobrenko, Robyn Fairchild

Synopsis: After a long absence, an alcoholic mother returns to her family home for Thanksgiving only to ruin all attempts at making amends with her loved ones by accidentally ruining their big day.

Krisha Review:

A film that turns ten-a-penny dramatics into a bizarre socio-cinematic experiment, “Krisha” takes dysfunction and broken family values to the next level, putting them to the test within the confines of an observational carousel drama. With tons of characters crammed into one space, the film openly demonstrates how the pleasantries of a social gathering can only temporarily disguise tension before angst and upset bubble to the surface and escalate into total meltdown, ripping apart a family at the seams and destroying the cosiness of the home unit.

Told through the perspective of a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown, “Krisha” presents its kooky, self-medicated protagonist as an outsider who foolishly turns to the bottle, pulling the cork on her jar of emotions and spilling her guts in front of the entire party. Krisha is fragile and odd, seemingly absent for many years but set on returning to a packed household, and anxiety overwhelms her as writer-director Trey Edward Shults layers uncanny sounds over the overbearing melodramatic chatter of a full household.

It’s difficult not to get distracted by the obvious nods made to filmmakers like Robert Altman, John Cassavetes, and Xavier Dolan, making the experience feel like watching eight different movies all at once with each style cherry-picked to perfection yet nothing more than the precise imitation of something far greater. The movie features far too many characters within its snipped time frame, rendering them as ornaments in a fancy drama with a lot of build-up and minimal pay-off; a film where style ultimately detracts from substance as it tumbles into motion.


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