After scoring the only pair of tickets for this film in a contest from @SundanceTV, we rolled to the @SundanceFest premiere of the film at the Marc Theater. It was of course a full house and people were buzzing, but nobody really knew what they were in for.
After an introduction of the Director as simply ‘Nacho’ (Nacho Vigalondo from Spain), he came out and provided us with a very funny introduction of his film while informing us of his massive hangover from celebrating so late the night before. Nacho is a very charming and honest director who tells you straight out that both Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis’ team reached out to him after reading the script and is very ‘fake’ consideration of other actors that he might want to cast. He felt honored to have the two of them star in his film.
What starts out as a somewhat funny film about a girl who has been looking for a job for over a year who happens to be a raging alcoholic that never remembers anything she does, turns out to be a trip into a very surprising drama with a very unsuspected twist that is both clever and insane at the same time.
The Director who likes being called ‘Nacho’ doubles as screenwriter and, if you’ve seen any of his other films, is a bit twisted, but in a very good way. His films are somewhat biographical as he writes what he knows.
The film starts out a bit slow as you get to know the characters, but when things begin to churn, things move faster and get dark fast.
The film is a departure more for Sudeikis than it is for Hathaway, but both performances are solid and both run their arcs. Fascinating enough that my mind never strayed from the film.
This movie is a trip. I enjoyed it very much and was taken on a trip I have not been taken on before. Original in film these days is not ordinary, but rather extraordinary. That makes this film ‘kind of a big deal’.
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