Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

Everything Everywhere All at Once
Director: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
Writer: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
Cast: Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, James Hong, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tallie Medel, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr.
Part of: SLASH 1/2 Filmfestival
Seen on: 5.5.2022

Evelyn (Michelle Yeoh) and her husband Waymond (Ke Huy Quan) run a laundromat together, a business that has made it possible for them to raise their daughter Joy (Stephanie Hsu) but that hasn’t been going that well and that is currently being audited by IRS. A fact that Evelyn’s father Gong Gong (James Hong) isn’t allowed to know. But Evelyn and Waymond have to take him with them to the appointment with their auditor Deirdre (Jamie Lee Curtis). On the way there, Waymond starts behaving strangely though, giving weird instructions to Evelyn and finally telling her that he is from a parallel universe and the multiverse needs Evelyn to save it. Evelyn would rather not, but there is no escaping Jobu Tupaki.

I had extremely high expectations for this film. Not just because everything about it looked great, but also because I loved Swiss Army Man so very much. That, of course, also made me worried, because we all know how hard sophomore works have it when the first one is simply magical. In any case, I need not have worried. Everything Everywhere All at Once is an absolute delight.

The very colorful filmposter showing drawings of characters, various symbols and a whole lot of googly eyes arranged in a psychedelic circle.
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The Unspeakable Act (2012)

The Unspeakable Act
Director: Dan Sallitt
Writer: Dan Sallitt
Cast: Tallie Medel, Sky Hirschkron, Aundrea Fares, Kati Schwartz, Caroline Luft
Part of: Viennale

Jackie (Tallie Medel) is in love with Matthew (Sky Hirschkron). Which would be no problem at all if the two weren’t siblings. Matthew doesn’t share Jackie’s feeling – in fact, he just got his first girlfriend and is about to move to college. So Jackie tries to cope with the situation as best as she can, but she is pretty lost.

I read the movie’s plot description and expected it to be either a bid for provocation; or a movie that would be depressing as hell. Unrequited, incestuous love? What else could it be? Surprisingly enough, though, Sallitt manages to keep it lighthearted, sympathetic and basically makes it a touching coming-of-age story.

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