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RID OF ME
"Bracingly original, alarming and droll, the righteously ribald Rid of Me should prove a breakthrough for helmer James Westby and his producer and leading lady, Katie O'Grady" -Variety
"Few recent movies are as darkly funny" -Los Angeles Times
"An ingenious black comedy... [that] comes at you like a horror movie before settling down into something quieter but equally skin crawling" -New York Times
"A bittersweet ode to downward mobility" -Movieline
Recommended! "A profane black comedy of mortification... a provocative, spasmodic mix of melodrama and horror" -NewCity Chicago
Meris (Katie O'Grady) has just moved to a picturesque neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, with her hunky new husband Mitch (John Keyser) and high hopes of domestic bliss. However, despite her attempts to fit in, her dreams of a perfect marriage are doomed, as Mitch's old friends (think thirtysomething Mean Girls) reject Meris and set out to rekindle the sparks between Mitch and his buxom high school sweetheart. When the gang succeeds, Maris is brutally cast out of her home and despite becoming quite depressed, she decides to stay in town. Eventually, she finds a job at a local candy shop where she meets and connects with a group of fellow social misfits who introduce her to Portland's outsider scene, which includes black eyeliner, the grimy underworld of the Northwest punk scene, self-discovery, community gardening and 1960s Cambodian rock music!
Filmmaker James Westby (The Auteur) pairs subversive cinematic language with a lively soundtrack and imaginative visual compositions to create a surreal comedy replete with awkward moments of absurdity. From the stunning opening scene, newcomer Katie O'Grady delivers a winning performance as Meris, who inhabits the inner workings of one woman's quest to be herself even when she is on track to becoming someone else. Rid of Me is a splendid example of true independent cinema, which boldly presents an innovative vision and a distinctive experimental style which is ingenious and adroitly handled.