Released: March 18th
Cast: Krisha Fairchild, Bill Wise, Robyn Fairchild
Director: Trey Edward Shults
Why it's great: At Thanksgiving dinner, everything's on the table: turkey, stuffing, dirty secrets, gravy, slow-boiled arguments, green bean casserole, pent-up rage, and dinner rolls (if you're lucky). Krisha stages these typical festivities with the fury of battling gods. Shults, a first-time director, shot the indie in his mother's home, casting his own non-actor family in the central roles. You'd never guess it. Fairchild allows her eponymous character, an estranged aunt suffering from addiction, to seep under her skin. Shults' camera glides through the suburban colonial, honing in on agonizing misbehavior, like he's Spielberg shooting World War II. A malicious soundtrack keeps the anxiety at a steady boil, even when Krisha escapes her sisters, brothers-in-law, and nephews for a smoke. Krisha is straight-up harrowing, and a vital look at how the closest people in our lives slip away in "normal" circumstances.
Where to see it right now: Stream on Amazon Prime Video; rent on iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, and VOD (watch the trailer)