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294 Ratings


Directed by Trey Edward Shults
United States, 2015


After years of absence, Krisha reunites with her family for a holiday gathering. She sees it as an opportunity to fix her past mistakes, cook the family turkey, and prove to her loved ones that she has changed for the better.

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Krisha Directed by Trey Edward Shults

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2016 | Winner: John Cassavetes Award

SXSW Film Festival

2015 | 2 wins including: Narrative Feature (Audience Award)

Village Voice Film Poll

2016 | Nominee: Best First Feature

Krisha nearly moved this viewer—to make an early retreat from the theater, but I stuck it out, aghast at its accrual of insultingly unlikely narrative contrivances and absurd stylistic tics. Was some of this shot on a consumer drone? Perhaps the only thing that does surprise about Krisha, an unevenly blended mixture of Malick-humping, awe-aspiring camera moves and tiring, po-faced long-take imitations of raw Cassavetes-ian rill life, is the pass it got.
January 09, 2017
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As a wreck of a needy alcoholic trying to re-connect with her family over Thanksgiving, Krisha Fairchild goes all-out Gena Rowlands and makes her swaggeringly unsympathetic character somehow glamorous and magnetic while also allowing very deadpan humor to grow out of the heavy-duty and upsetting confrontation scenes. What’s to be done with the Krishas of this world?
December 17, 2016
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Gradually, it becomes clear that writer-director Trey Edward Shults (who also plays the protagonist’s estranged son) can’t develop the drama beyond that first engrossing encounter with family tension; the final stretch is something of a shambles, and Shults’ use of music and changing aspect ratios only contributes to the sense of randomization.
December 09, 2016
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