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

'First Reformed,' 'Tully,' 'The Seagull,' and more of this month's must-see movies.


DIRECTOR: Jason Reitman
CAST: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass, Ron Livingston

The Young Adult team of star Theron, director Reitman, and screenwriter Diablo Cody reteam for this tough yet funny comedy/drama, which captures the exhaustion and desperation of parenthood (and, more specifically, the immediate postpartum period) with a verisimilitude I’ve never seen onscreen. Theron plays a mother who’s just given birth to her third child; Davis is the “night nanny,” hired by a rich sibling (Duplass), to come in and help her get some much-needed rest. “I’m just not used to people doing things for me,” she says, and you believe her; what happens next is unexpected, sometimes awkward, and often uproariously funny. It’s a poignant piece of work that taps in to the inherent helplessness of raising children, and while I’m not sure its ending works entirely in the moment, it keeps returning in the aftermath for further consideration and appreciation. That goes double for the movie.