Tomorrow, the Sundance Film Festival gets underway, and there won’t be one hot minute wasted as slated to screen is one of the buzziest pictures headed to Park City, “I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore.” And Netflix has already snapped up the rights and is giving everyone a first look at what they can expect from the thriller.
Marking the directorial debut of Macon Blair (star of “Blue Ruin” and “Green Room“), the movie stars Melanie Lynskey as a woman who gets robbed, and enlists Elijah Wood for some help in finding the perpetrators. And let’s just say their vigilante work takes them to some strange places. Here’s the synopsis:
Ruth, a depressed nursing assistant, returns from work to find dog shit on her lawn and her house burglarized, the thief having made off with her silverware and laptop. Losing faith in the police (and possibly humanity as a whole), Ruth starts her own investigation, joining forces with her erratic neighbor–and dog shit culprit–Tony. Upon locating the laptop, they trace it back to a consignment store, leading them to a gang of degenerate criminals and a dangerous, bizarre underworld where they’re way out of their depth.
Macon Blair’s outstanding debut feature has an exuberant storytelling style that’s full of personality, visual inventiveness, idiosyncratic characters, and wildly unpredictable turns. Its dark tone, deadpan humor, and increasingly blood-soaked foray into a twisted moral universe evoke the Coen brothers, but most captivating is the deeply unsettling journey it takes Ruth on, through human vulnerability and escalating violence. Once brought to tears by the notion of an infinite universe, her quest isn’t for her laptop, but for a way of processing a world that no longer makes sense to her.
After it plays Sundance, “I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore” will land on Netflix on February 24th. [Indiewire]