Being alive can be hard.
It’s better than the alternative, obviously, but it comes with a host of loaded situations, emotional minefields and the gnawing sense that we might not be quite up to the job.
Existential imposter syndrome, anyone?
In these three films, life goes under the microscope, both romantically and in a familial sense, and we hopefully emerge at the end of each of them, a little wiser about the human condition, each other and how what we want is always what we get, and maybe, that’s okay.
New York novelist Beth has been working for years on the follow-up to her somewhat successful memoir, sharing countless drafts with her supportive husband Don. Beth’s world unravels when she overhears Don admit to her brother-in-law, Mark, that actually, he doesn’t like the new book. She vents to her sister Sara that decades of a loving, committed marriage pale in comparison to this immense betrayal. Meanwhile, therapist Don faces his own professional problems as he finds himself unable to care about or even recall his unhappy patients’ issues anymore… and they’ve begun to notice. You Hurt My Feelings is both written & directed by acclaimed American filmmaker Nicole Holofcener, director of the films Walking & Talking, Lovely and Amazing, Friends with Money, Please Give, Enough Said, and The Land of Steady Habits previously. Produced by Stefanie Azpiazu, Anthony Bregman, Nicole Holofcener, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. (courtesy First Showing)
Following its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, You Hurt My Feelings opens in the US on 23 May and in Australia on 15 June.
The film stars Willow Shields as Abbie, a young woman who experiences independence for the first time when she goes off to college and begins a new romance with Karly (Ava Capri), while still being torn by the need to help her parents, Mark (Lochlyn Munro) and Tish (Elizabeth Mitchell), care for her autistic brother Kayden (Jonathan Michael Simao). When Time Got Louder is both written & directed by Canadian filmmaker Connie Cocchia, making her feature directorial debut after graduating from USC. Produced by Jason Bourque, Connie Cocchia, and Ken Frith. (courtesy First Showing)
When Time Got Louder opens in Canadian cinemas on 31 March; no international release dates as yet.
From breakout director Raine Allen-Miller, her feature debut film Rye Lane is a romantic comedy that stars Vivian Oparah (Class, The Rebel) and David Jonsson (Industry, Deep State), as Yas and Dom, two twenty-somethings both reeling from bad break-ups, who connect over the course of an eventful day in South London – helping each other deal with their nightmare exes, and potentially restoring their faith in romance. Rye Lane is directed by the up-and-coming British filmmaker Raine Allen Miller, making her feature directorial debut with this after a few shorts & music videos previously. The screenplay is written by Nathan Bryon and Tom Melia. Produced by Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo and Damian Jones. (courtesy First Showing)
Rye Lane is currently screening in UK with release on Disney+ in Australia on 31 March.