Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Movies You Need to See in April

"Colossal," "Free Fire," "Chasing Trane," "A Quiet Passion," and more of this month's must-see movies.

Spring is a strange time at the art house – we’re past awards season and not yet into full-on summer counter-programming mode, which means we often end up with movies distributors can’t figure out what to do with. And sometimes (like this month), that means we’re getting the really interesting stuff.


Colossal

Release Date: April 7
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens

About halfway into Colossal, I jotted down the following note: “What on earth is happening?” Part of that bewilderment is lack of preparation, as the precise plot of the latest from writer/director Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes) is being kept thankfully quiet – let’s just say it involves a flailing young woman (Hathaway) who returns to her hometown, and a giant monster terrorizing Seoul at the same time. But beyond its genre trappings and clever turns, it’s very much a film about broken people. Hathaway’s Gloria is a close cousin to her Kim in Rachel Getting Married, and she’s not winking at the film or the genre; she’s acting the shit outta this role. The film keeps pace, flirting with real darkness in its closing passages, and the kind of human implications rarely considered in a movie with a giant monster in it. It’s a strange picture, and you’re never quite sure exactly what it’s doing. How refreshing is that?