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Kajillionaire

A new quirky comedy by indie director artist and riot grrrl Mirandy July about a family of cons and low-level criminals.

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The good news first: the film does without talking cats, child sex, and very crazy couples. And the best thing: KAJILLIONAIRE is Miranda July’s most unsurreal film, which doesn’t mean that there’s anything normal about the story. It starts with the name that tricksters Theresa (Debra Winger) and Robert (Richard Jenkins) gave their daughter. Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood), the stubborn 26 year old’s name, was named after a homeless person who won the lottery. Knowing that they probably won’t have the same luck, Old Dolio was trained by her parents to rip people off at any opportunity, which includes committing fraud, theft, and forgeries. Despite this the three of them find it hard to keep their heads above water. They’re missing a big coup that could free them from their life on the bottom. Instead, they come across the seemingly innocent Melanie (Gina Rodriguez) during one of their ingenious swindles which causes their strange family dynamics to go completely off balance.

July made the right decision to focus solely on working behind the camera without acting in it and found an excellent cast for her tremendously dysfunctional con artist family. Wood is especially tremendous as a ticking time bomb filled with love deprivation and repression, withdrawn and trapped behind her curtain of thick long hair. And Jenkins proves once again after THE SHAPE OF WATER that he’s a great actor no matter how adventurous and unusual the films might be.

Pamela Jahn (INDIEKINO MAGAZIN)

Translation: Elinor Lewy

Credits

USA 2020, 106 min
Genre: Drama, Crime Drama
Director: Miranda July
Author: Miranda July
DOP: Sebastian Winterø
Montage: Jennifer Vecchiarello
Music: Emile Mosseri
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez, Richard Jenkins, Debra Winger
FSK: oA
Release: 22.10.2020

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