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Krisha (2015)

R | | Drama | 18 March 2016 (USA)
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Krisha returns for Thanksgiving dinner after ten years away from her family, but past demons threaten to ruin the festivities.

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Trey Edward Shults
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Cast

Cast overview:
Krisha Fairchild ... Krisha
Alex Dobrenko ... Alex
Robyn Fairchild Robyn Fairchild ... Robyn
Chris Doubek ... Dr. Becker
Victoria Fairchild Victoria Fairchild ... Vicki
Bryan Casserly ... Logan
Chase Joliet ... Chase
Atheena Frizzell Atheena Frizzell ... Atheena
Augustine Frizzell ... Augustine
Olivia Grace Applegate ... Olivia
Rose Nelson Rose Nelson ... Baby Rose
Bill Wise ... Doyle
Trey Edward Shults ... Trey
Billie Fairchild Billie Fairchild ... Grandma
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Krisha returns for Thanksgiving dinner after ten years away from her family, but past demons threaten to ruin the festivities.

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, substance abuse and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Криша See more »

Filming Locations:

Spring, Texas, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,880, 20 March 2016

Gross USA:

$140,779
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Production Co:

Hoody Boy Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Filmed in 9 days. See more »

Connections

Featured in Human Nature: Creating It Comes at Night (2017) See more »

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Krisha
Score and Original Music by Brian McOmber
Performed by Brian McOmber feat: Krisha Fairchild, Robyn Fairchild, Bill Wise (as Billy Wise)
(C) 2016 Lakeshore Records
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Heartbreak incarnate
1 April 2016 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. If we need a poster child for independent film, perhaps this little gem from writer/director Trey Edward Shults should be the leading candidate. The film is daring and raw and proves that even a familiar theme can be interesting if the creative forces are allowed to do what they do best. And on top of that … it was filmed in 9 days with no "stars" and almost no money.

The extended opening shot is a close up of only a woman's face. Her eyes are expressive and her lip begins to quiver. Her look could be described as unnerved, and with the ominous music playing, our mind leads us to believe we are headed towards a horror film. Oh, how right … and wrong … that initial impression proves to be.

That woman is Krisha (played by Krisha Fairchild), a sixty-something year old who is joining her family for Thanksgiving dinner – after a 10 year absence. Of course, there are no shortage of family holiday dinner disaster movies, but most of the time they are either slapstick comedy or so stagey that the frustration never strikes a chord. Not so with this one.

Tension is palpable in every scene. It's as if everyone is waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop. Krisha is a trainwreck as a mother, sister and person. She is an alcoholic and drug addict, though she proclaims herself healed. It's pretty obvious to everyone (except herself) that her best intentions are not firmly planted in reality … and the inevitable is only a matter of time. Old wounds are re-opened (though they were probably never closed), and a simple conversation on the patio or checking the timer for the baking turkey become near catastrophes.

Mr. Shults has economically and effectively cast many of his own family members, and filmed in his mother's home outside of Houston. Krisha is his real life Aunt, and Robyn (who plays Krisha's emotionally devastated sister) is the director's mother. This is a story that works because of the realness of each moment. It feels like family members unloading on each other rather than two actors reciting lines. Krisha's swig of wine in the bathroom provides a moment of relief for both her and the viewer. Having been called "heartbreak incarnate" and an "abandoneer" … we even sympathize with her instinct to retreat to the bottle, though it's with dread and misery.

Director Shults displays promise as a director who can capture a personal moment, no matter how awkward or painful. Krisha Fairchild has a Gena Rowlands on screen presence (very high praise) that delivers a touch of grounded realism to her words and actions. As a lover of independent films, here's hoping we see more from them both in the very near future.


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