Macon Blair directs Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood and David Yow in this low key vigilante satire about an suburban lady who tracks down her burglars with escalating consequences.
Evoking a thousand forgotten 90s indies from the Sundance boom days, this is both quirky and counterintuitive enough to be quite affecting. Think Hal Hartley meets Death Wish and you are almost there. Blending bursts of surreal violence with a cartoonish melancholy, Blair sets up a safe space in which his neat little cast can quietly run riot. It all builds to quite the head of steam in terms of thrills and emotions. Lynskey is always strong in the lead and here she probably puts in her best shift. For that reason this might have a longer shelf life in terms of legacy than bigger, more hyped productions this year.