A poor single mother has chance encounter that pulls her into a gang of hoodlums.
Felt like it had so much promise but ultimately was a slog to get through despite some genuinely good performances.
There's most revenge films which are a fantasy of how revenge looks like in the heads of people who want its catharsis... and then there's this film. Blue Ruin manages to capture the horrific violence of revenge but also the mundaneness of it culminating in a film that feels so real and grounded and raw that it demands attention.
A wonderfully acted and realized version of the classic story exploring a family of women trying to find their way in a world meant to exclude them.
What I wasn't expecting was for the film to feel so chaotic, and in a good way. Characters talking over each other and raucous laughter and bickering in a house full of women makes it feel so lively, kinetic... and real. There's a lot of love in this film, for the characters and between the characters, and it pours out of every frame of the film.
A true delight.
What can I say about this comedy(?) special that everyone hasn't already said. Aside from being incredibly entertaining and funny, it's also an astute meditation on what the last year has felt like for so many people including myself -- isolated inside my home and both being creatively productive but feeling like I'm just banging my head against the same wall over and over again as I go slowly insane. The very format of the special becomes an overarching theme that is felt more deeply than virtually anything else I've experienced from any comedy special. This is not to be missed.