ingenious, tragicomic look at addiction (by framptonhollis)
As an aspiring filmmaker, I cannot help but feel as if I relate to the debut filmmaker Trey Edward Shults. This film is heavily stylized and intense, and I feel that if I were able to make my own low budget film it would turn out to be something like this. The film focuses on extreme emotions, making the audience feel somewhat warm and humored at first, but completely crushed by the final shot. The film is overall extremely ambitious in its approach, due to Shults' use of long takes, black humor, and an atmosphere that contains both heavy realism and surrealism. "Krisha", one of <more>
the finest and funniest films to come out last year, is not only a beautifully made film but also the most earth shatteringly heartbreaking portrait of addiction since "Requiem for a Dream". It takes place during Thanksgiving as a family prepares for the holiday. One somewhat special member of the family has visited this year, Krisha, an old woman who has been absent of their presence for 10 years. This brilliant, harrowing shocker combines elements of humor and horror to craft a modern miracle. Unfortunately, this masterpiece is quite obscure and underrated-but I must urge anyone stumbling across my review to check it out immediately! It is a jaw droppingly fantastic work of art.
Intense, camp, heartbreaking look at family. (by benmichael-6333)
Wow. I grabbed a bunch of what were considered by many to be the best indie films of 2016 for a big screen night at home with friends. We grabbed this little number off the top, sat down and proceeded to have our heads blown off. This is an all too rare moment in cinema when you remember how brutally honest and truthful screen stories can be. And how fake most cinema is by comparison. I have been in house like that. Had family dinners like that. Known people like that. The sadness of well meaning people ruining the lives of the ones they love. There were no obvious good or bad people in this. <more>
Just flawed truthful portrayals. The camera and sound are incredible. The performances stunning. And yes, it's very very camp and funny in moments. But so is life when you look at it a certain way. It's also almost too sad at times. Also how life can be. I can't recommend this highly enough. I just hope our writer director doesn't use the buzz from this near perfect little gem to make a crappy flick about "real life" with George Clooney.
I don't know what you are doing (by nogodnomasters)
I am going to give you a PLOT SPOILER review not ending as I think knowing the mystery enhances the story. Krisha Krisha Fairchild attends the family get together at Thanksgiving. She has been gone a long time. Very long. Her son Trey Trey Edward Shults ended up being raised by her sister Victoria Fairchild and she wants to reconnect. We see Krisha sneaking around the house checking draws etc. and I didn't know if she planned on poisoning everyone or was really a man with an operation. As it turns out this is a story about her alcohol addiction- there that was the plot spoiler.The <more>
house is filled with commotion and the soundtrack is just piano and drum noise making the audience feel the commotion too. It grips you. The emotions run high in the film as it envelops the viewer and makes them uneasy and tense.It is a Lifetime drama on steroids, if you like that type of thing.Guide: F-word. Porn is playing on the TV of which we get a distant glimpse, but get to hear the groans.
Too real for most IMDb film reviewers (by rick-42282)
Like "La Cienaga", this movie has a veracity and intimacy that will freak out most self- appointed film critics and I'm not one . If you can't handle domestic pain, tension, and heartbreak then don't watch it. As a big fan of Dostoyevsky I found it riveting and powerful. After viewing I immediately sought out the back story and wasn't surprised to learn the cast/family are actual family members. I don't think a filmmaker could achieve what Shults does with an all-actor cast. It matters not a whit to me that he used family members or that you can foresee an <more>
inevitable train wreck in the making toward the end of Act 2. A great film, and the audio effects are superb, especially in the kitchen scene and the use of a Nina Simone track to score Krisha's high flying cookoff.
The first shot of "Krisha" is a slow zoom into the titular characters face, with ominous, rising music in the background. The preceding scenes and the fantastic introductory long take show that Krisha is coming home to family that she hasn't seen in a while on Thanksgiving day, and has good intentions for her visit. But this mood of uncertainty established in the opening shot rises throughout the movie. Even though Krisha is simply participating in usual small talk towards the beginning of the film, the unpredictable soundtrack, frantic movement of the camera, and the <more>
performances of the characters suggest Krisha isn't stable.The film is very subtle and deliberate in what it reveals to us about this family and Krisha's past. The film starts after much has already happened with her character, and many things are revealed about her throughout the film, but most are just suggested. She has problems in her past that have affected her whole family, and her sudden visit to them intends to make up for those problems. The camera and aspect ratios tell us a lot about the state of Krisha's character. At first the camera movements are frantic but fluid, showing Krisha is in control, but could lose it at any moment. Then the camera is shaky and the aspect ratio narrows, with two black bars at the top and bottom, showing Krisha is on the verge of breaking, relapsing into alcoholism. Then the aspect ratio boxes her in and the editing and camera movements are spastic, showing her isolation and inability to escape it.While the cinematography tells a lot about Krisha, the actress portraying her, Krisha Fairchild, really tells the most. Her repressed suffering is evident with this actress. This is the type of film where all of the actors make each scene feel natural and incredibly realistic. They seem like real people in a family we could know, and that's part of what makes the film so brutal.Krisha is a devastating, deeply emotional character study and one of the best films of 2016.
Unsettling and brutal, but essential (by Red_Identity)
I don't know where that "comedy" label on IMDb comes from. I don't think it functions even as a black comedy. Absolutely heavy and quite dark, but fabulously written, directed, and acted. There are many films that deal with this sort of premise even Rachel Getting Married comes to mind but this really took it to another level. Completely immersive, watching it all unravel just hurts to watch. Not an easy viewing by any means and definitely one that will divide audiences completely even on this board, I can see many people hating it . I loved it though, easily one of the <more>
best of the year so far. Krisha Fairchild should absolutely be in contention for end-of-the- year awards, and Trey Edward Shults shows a lot of talent.
Greetings again from the darkness. If we need a poster child for independent film, perhaps this little gem from writer/director Trey Edward Shults should be the leading candidate. The film is daring and raw and proves that even a familiar theme can be interesting if the creative forces are allowed to do what they do best. And on top of that it was filmed in 9 days with no "stars" and almost no money.The extended opening shot is a close up of only a woman's face. Her eyes are expressive and her lip begins to quiver. Her look could be described as unnerved, and with the ominous <more>
music playing, our mind leads us to believe we are headed towards a horror film. Oh, how right and wrong that initial impression proves to be.That woman is Krisha played by Krisha Fairchild , a sixty-something year old who is joining her family for Thanksgiving dinner – after a 10 year absence. Of course, there are no shortage of family holiday dinner disaster movies, but most of the time they are either slapstick comedy or so stagey that the frustration never strikes a chord. Not so with this one.Tension is palpable in every scene. It's as if everyone is waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop. Krisha is a trainwreck as a mother, sister and person. She is an alcoholic and drug addict, though she proclaims herself healed. It's pretty obvious to everyone except herself that her best intentions are not firmly planted in reality and the inevitable is only a matter of time. Old wounds are re-opened though they were probably never closed , and a simple conversation on the patio or checking the timer for the baking turkey become near catastrophes.Mr. Shults has economically and effectively cast many of his own family members, and filmed in his mother's home outside of Houston. Krisha is his real life Aunt, and Robyn who plays Krisha's emotionally devastated sister is the director's mother. This is a story that works because of the realness of each moment. It feels like family members unloading on each other rather than two actors reciting lines. Krisha's swig of wine in the bathroom provides a moment of relief for both her and the viewer. Having been called "heartbreak incarnate" and an "abandoneer" we even sympathize with her instinct to retreat to the bottle, though it's with dread and misery.Director Shults displays promise as a director who can capture a personal moment, no matter how awkward or painful. Krisha Fairchild has a Gena Rowlands on screen presence very high praise that delivers a touch of grounded realism to her words and actions. As a lover of independent films, here's hoping we see more from them both in the very near future.
Heavy duty family drama will stay with you (by paul-allaer)
"Krisha" brings the story of the title character. As the movie opens, we see Krishna, a woman in her 60s, arriving with her suitcase at a house in suburban Texas. Turns out to be her sister Robyn's house, and the entire family is gathering for Thanksgiving, and also to celebrate the birth of a baby to Robyn's daughter. It is clear that this is Krisha's first time seeing most of them in a long time, and that during that absence she deal with personal issues. At this point we're maybe 10 minutes into the movie, but to tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, <more>
you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.Couple of comments: this movie is a labor of love for Trey Edward Shults, who directed, wrote, edited and stars in the movie. Not to mention that this movie was made on less than a shoestring primary funding came from a small Kickstarter campaign . In the first half of the movie, we witness how this family is enjoying their time together, even if it is straining for Krisha. But the second half of the movie truly delivers. One key scene after another unfolds, and will leave you nailed to your seat. There are a number of key performances, none more so than Krisha Faichild in the title role most other characters also use their real life names in the movie . Check out the scene where she is reunited with her mentally frail mother, who looks to be in her 90s. Just wow. Robyn Fairchild as Krisha's sister is equally excellent. There is an interesting score courtesy of for me unknown Brian McOmber.This movie made quite a splash at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. No idea why it's taken over a year for this to finally get a release in theaters, but better late than not. "Krisha" opened this weekend at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati, and I couldn't wait to see it. The early evening screening where I saw this at was attended okay but not great. That is a darn shame. This is a top notch if heavy duty family drama which deserves a larger audience. If you have a chance to see this, be it in the theater, on VOD or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, by all means do not miss it! "Krisha" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
A surprisingly unique take on a well-worn story! (by Matt-the-Hasp)
Don't let the plot synopsis fool you. First-time writer-director Trey Edward Shults has managed to craft a unique and absorbing family drama from a premise which appears mundane and conventional on the surface.Krisha Fairchild is magnificent in the lead role, and the mostly non-actor cast add a heightened sense of honesty and realism to the drama, which can make for engrossing, if at times uncomfortable viewing.However, what makes Krisha truly stand out is the cinematography and score. With an opening shot lasting about six minutes, it's clear from the start that this isn't your <more>
run-of-the-mill family drama. The camera is used in ways that can sometimes call attention to itself, but is always in service of the story. The rattling score permeates the film with a feeling of dread and anxiety which, with the camera-work, really makes us feel what the title character is feeling.While Krisha is not a perfect film although the opening 20-30 minutes come close , it manages to feel unique and original in ways I didn't think would be possible in 2016. This is the most pleasant surprise of the year, and I can't wait to see what Shults does next.