Movies: Krisha Packs a Wallop
by Robbie Tucker
We don’t often see a 60-something-year-old female protagonist but in Krisha she packs a wallop. The drug-addicted alcoholic, who wants to reconnect with family she hasn’t seen in years, journeys to her sister’s house for a volatile Thanksgiving.
The predictable story is, at times, uncomfortable. Yet there’s a warmth and authenticity at play, making this first feature by Trey Edward Shults hard to not appreciate. Using some of his own family in the cast and his mother’s home as location provides a potent intimacy. His aunt, Krisha Fairchild in the lead, offers a nuanced portrayal of struggle; we can feel her seething self-pity.
The 27-year-old writer/director has declared his debt to John Cassavetes, namesake of the award he received from Film Independent Spirit. But he also invokes Darren Aronofsky here: visceral fast-cuts and shaky camera that sicken in a dizzying similarity to the substances themselves. And at times it’s loud. However, fasten your seatbelts; it’s going to be a worthy ride.
About the Reviewer: Robbie Tucker drove a ’55 two-toned Buick Roadmaster in San Francisco, where she started working in film production. She convinced Francis Coppola to let her work on the movie about her namesake, but moved to New York City before shooting began. When she’s not writing her own memoir, or ghost writing someone else’s, you can probably find her at the movies.