Sunday, June 11, 2023

Catching Dust (2023) Tribeca 2023

An artistic young woman living in the desert with her criminal husband is looking to get out. When a couple from the city shows up she talks her husband into letting them stay and it results in unexpected turns.

Unexpected is the best description for this film. While nominally a kind of noir relationship drama, the film takes turns that you probably won’t see coming. I know I didn’t see some of them which absolutely delighted me. I say that because so many similar films follow the expected paths that I tend no to gravitate toward seeing them because I’ve sorted it out ten minutes in.

The real reason that the film works are the performances. Erin Moriarty and Jai Courtney, in the leads are truly dynamite. They give their characters a grace and depth that you don’t usually see in films like this. We feel the weight of their actions and we feel their emotional connections in ways that give the finale a real kick. I did not expect to be moved as I was. Honestly Moriarity and  Courtney are so good they make this a must see at Tribeca.


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