I Don’t Feel at Home In This World Anymore is an unfolding existential crises and a search for morality when everybody seems to put themselves first.
For me, the heart of this crime comedy is about finding tenderness in a world full of ‘arseholes.’
Melanie Lynskey (Heavenly Creatures) plays Ruth: A depressed nurse, ground down by an uncaring world, who reaches a breaking point when her house is robbed.
She decides to take things into her own hands after the police blame her for the robbery and do nothing to help her.
Ruth’s search for the significance of her existence leads her into increasingly bizarre and dangerous situations. Accompanying her is Elijah Wood (Lord of the rings) who plays Tony: her weapon enthusiast neighbour with a hilarious rat-tail.
Together they make the most clueless and polite vigilantes you have ever seen.
I Don’t Feel at Home In This World Anymore was the winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Sundance Awards ceremony. Boy, was it a ride to watch. While seemingly a typical story of civilian seeking justice, the mellow tone, the dark humour and the social commentary makes it a memorable film. It played with expectations and had a good emotional payoff.
This is Macon Blair’s directorial debut. He also wrote it and had a small cameo at the beginning as the enemy of all book lovers.
Fair wanting kiddo, this film is not a PG funfair. It has a few shockingly violent scenes which boarders on grotesque and humorous. While I didn’t find it too bad, I would not recommend it to anybody who is squeamish.
I Don’t Feel at Home In This World Anymore is available to watch on Netflix