Bitch (2017)

Director: Marianna Palka
Writer: Marianna Palka
Cast: Marianna Palka, Jason RitterJaime KingBrighton SharbinoRio ManginiKingston FosterJason MaybaumSol Rodriguez
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 26.9.2017

Jill (Marianna Palka) is a mother of three who tries to keep it all together while her husband Bill (Jason Ritter) is away for work, and for his own fun. But she struggles increasingly until one day she just snaps and leaves her old life behind by starting to live as a feral dog. Bill calls in her sister Beth (Jaime King) to help, but the entire family is overwhelmed by the situation.

I enjoyed Bitch. It was a strong, often funny and definitely critical film that has a lot to say and does so in an entertaining way.

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The East (2013)

The East
Director: Zal Batmanglij
Writer: Brit Marling, Zal Batmanglij
Cast: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez, Aldis Hodge, Danielle Macdonald, Hillary BaackJason Ritter, Julia Ormond, Patricia Clarkson

Sarah (Brit Marling) works for a private security company. Their newest client is worried about ecoterrorist group The East, so Sarah gets the assignment from her boss (Patricia Clarkson) to infiltrate them. After a long search, Sarah meets Luca (Shiloh Fernandez) who brings her into the group which is (unofficially) led by Benji (Alexander Skarsgard). Even though it isn’t easy to get in at first, Sarah quickly finds herself in deeper than she ever thought.

The East is exciting, interesting and well acted. It asks many smart questions and though the way it ultimately resolves those questions was a little unfortunate, especially since it tries not to resolve anything too clearly for the first 112 minutes (runtime: 116 min). But it is still excellent.


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The Perfect Family (2011)

The Perfect Family
Director: Anne Renton
Writer: Paula Goldberg, Claire V. Riley
Cast: Kathleen Turner, Emily Deschanel, Jason RitterMichael McGrady, Elizabeth PeñaSharon Lawrence, Scott Michael Campbell, Richard Chamberlain
Part of: identities Festival

Eileen (Kathleen Turner) is overjoyed when Monsignor Murphy (Richard Chamberlain) tells her that he wants to nominate her for Catholic Woman of the Year. Not only because this would be a huge honor in its own right, but it also comes with a prayer of absolution – something Eileen hungers for. To get the award, though, she needs to present her perfect family – only that her husband Frank (Michael McGrady) is a recovering alcoholic, her son Frank Jr. (Jason Ritter) has just left his wife and her daughter Shannon (Emily Deschanel) finally came out to her and also announces that she’s having a child with her girlfriend Christina (Elizabeth Peña).

The Perfect Family was a whole lot of fun. Even though it’s all kinds of predictable, it’s also sweet and Kathleen Turner is just the perfect charismatic center for this film. Also, everything that ribs the catholic church like this gets brownie points from me.


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