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

This month's must-see indies, including 'Disobedience,' 'Beirut,' and 'You Were Never Really Here.'

Where is Kyra?

DIRECTOR: Andrew Dosunmu
CAST: Michelle Pfeiffer, Kiefer Sutherland, Suzanne Shepherd

In the opening scenes of this minimalist character study, the elderly Ruth (Sheperd) is given a bath by her daughter Kyra (Michelle Pfeiffer), who sends her to bed and proceeds to color her graying hair. In other words, this is a movie with no filters, with a story of petty crime that also loads all sorts of thought-provoking subtext about aging in Hollywood. Yet the strongest commentary on that implicit subject is seen and not told, in the painterly compositions and deep shadows of cinematographer Bradford Young; his camera gives these characters plenty of space, lest we seem to intrude on these private moments, but when we get a good look at Pfieffer – and we get many of them – we’re struck that hers is a face that’s lived a life, and seen things, and is just trying to keep above water. The film around that performance is a tough nut to crack, and even harder to box up – maybe you can call it a noir story done as an art film (though that only becomes clear at its conclusion). But whatever they’re doing, it works.