Hold on to your butts, gang, summer movie season is here, and hew Jesus is it gonna be a bummer. May alone is like a cornucopia of movies nobody asked for: a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, a new Diary of a Wimpy Kid, a new take on King Arthur (hope it’s gritty!), and god help us, a Baywatch movie. But never fear – this month’s indie slate is fire, and here a few choice chunks of counter-programming to keep an eye out for.
RELEASE DATE: May 5
DIRECTOR: Azazel Jacobs
CAST: Debra Winger, Tracy Letts, Melora Walters, Aiden Gillen
This quietly wrecking comedy/drama from writer/director Azazel Jacobs (Terri) works from a delicious premise: a long-married couple, each conducting an affair and whose relationship has been reduced to merely subtext and silence, find something unexpectedly reawakened between them – and wind up cheating on their lovers with each other. And, suddenly, the lies don’t come so easily. Debra Winger and Tracy Letts are tremendous as the couple – he a spot-on avatar of middle-aged desperation, a gulping accumulation of lies, apologies, and insecurity, she a complex mixture of unapologetic sexuality and faltering uncertainty. Jacobs’s script has the humanity, delicacy, and melancholy of a Carver story; people are just disasters, he knows, and knows how to dramatize that without judgment.