Two Women Who Say "Fuck It!" in Two Very Different Ways

Two women, two decades apart, are fed up, and they both decide to do something about it.

You'll barely recognize Elijah Wood or Crazy Rose from Two and a Half Men: Melanie Lynskey is showing her true acting chops. This super-quirky film is violent, but the humour is a balm in this crazy story about a not crazy value. Basically, character Ruth just wants everyone to stop being assholes to each other. It's original in myriad ways, and a real delight as a change from Schmollywood productions, from the soundtrack right down to the real, Oregonian fireflies in the last scene.

2017, Accessed on Netflix. Director: Macon Blair
Starring: Elijah Wood, Melanie Lynskey, David Yow, Devon Graye, Christine Woods, Jane Levy, Gary Anthony Williams, Robert Longstreet

My Happy Family

People being assholes in different, Georgian ways (and ways as yet unknown to our heroine), this is also funny but with a little more pathos than dark humour. And it has a great ending. I recently got hell from students who said I'd spoiled the end of Season 2 of The Crown—but we all know HM the Queen and Prince Philip are still together after 70 years right?! Still, no spoiler here.

And KUDOS to Polare, Arizona and Augenschein production companies for crediting the subtitlers! Thank you! #winning

Directors: Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon GrossScriptwriter: Nana EkvtimishviliDoP: Tudor Vladimir PanduruProduction Design: Kote JapharidzeCostume Design: Mediko BakradzeEditing: Stefan StabenowCast: Ia Shugliashvili, Merab Ninidze, Berta Khapava, Tsisia Kumsishvili, Giorgi Khurtsilava, Giorgi Tabidze, Mariam Bokeria, Lika Babluani, Dimitri Oragvelidze, Goven Cheishvili

Glad I found these recos for Netflix flicks in the NY Times


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