Starring: Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, David Yow, Jane Levy.
Netflix is becoming very on pointe with its acquisition of independent films, it has recently put out a slew of films that may not have had the chance to make their way into people’s homes and possibly suffered from limited cinema releases but were still deserving of an audience. I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore is just one of those films.
Ruth is at odds with her life, her job depresses her and she finds most people either obnoxious or unable to relate to, with the exemption of her loner neighbour Tony. One day Ruth’s house is broken into setting into motion a chain of events that put Ruth in the path of a group of dangerous criminals.
The directorial debut of actor Macon Blair who some may know as the star of underground hit Blue Ruin and perennial collaborator of director Jeremy Saulnier, this film is an assured and confident first directorial effort. The film also written by Blair who has put together a well crafted, offbeat, crime/comedy/thriller that succeeds in holding its audience until its conclusion. There are some very strong moments of violence in this movie that always seem to be tempered slightly with a dark humour that makes it more palatable. A scene in which Ruth & Tony go to retrieve Ruth stolen laptop had me in stitches with Tony’s approach to intimidation.
The lead pairing of Lynskey & Wood as the socially awkward Ruth & Tony was very well chosen, they bounce off each other wonderfully and Wood provides some genuine humour from his performance. Some decent support is offered from the likes of Jane Levy, Devon Graye and The Jesus Lizard frontman David Yow as the criminal trio that Ruth & Tony fall foul with. Macon Blair even affords himself a brief cameo as a book-ruining barfly.
These days I am finding myself drawn to independent releases and Netflix certainly have been scratching that itch for me recently. If you have an hour and half to spare and want to check out a decent crime caper with some dark humour thrown in, a Sundance Film Festival grand jury prize winner no less, look no further.
I Don’t At Home in This World Anymore is currently available to stream on Netflix.