Starring Krisha Fairchild, Robyn Fairchild, Trey Edward Shults, Bill Wise, and Billie Fairchild
Directed by Trey Edward Shults
***This film is currently streaming via Amazon Prime***
Krisha is undoubtedly an "indie" piece, obviously low budget taking place in one house on one day throughout its runtime and filled with actors whom we've likely never seen before. However, Trey Edward Shults and his cinematographer have a keen eye in that their lensing of the picture helps the audience to tap into Krisha's uncomfortable panic as she attempts to reconcile with her family. Incredibly long unceasing takes or a spinning dizzying camera are just a few of the ways Shults mirrors Krisha's emotional state visually. Sure, Shults' tale could've maybe used a scene edit or two and I found the film's horror-like score a little off-putting in the humanistic story, but this flick definitely proves that Shults is a filmmaker to watch in the future.
At its center, though, is a magnificent performance from Shults' real-life aunt Krisha Fairchild who brings heartbreak and pain to the title character. From the opening long-take where we see Krisha put on a stoic front as she meets her family again only to have it begin to crumble as soon as her son decides to all but ignore her presence, it's obvious that Fairchild is the real deal. As her hopes for a positive outcome begin to diminish, Fairchild perfectly conveys the downward spiral into which Krisha quickly falls, leading to a finale that feels heartbreaking despite its inevitability at the outset. Krisha isn't a perfect film, yet my grade below may be a bit deceiving (despite the fact that it's a perfectly acceptable grade). In this film, we see the promise in both its filmmaker and its leading lady, both of whom I'd enjoy seeing more from in the future and both of whom are reasons for any cinephile to give this a watch.
The RyMickey Rating: B