A young British woman comes to Texas to find her half-sister by way of their dead country musician father. It doesn’t take long for Sinaloa to charm her way into Merle’s life. Her singing awakens something in Merle and erases some of the lingering doubts she has…
From Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt to Pasolini’s Teorema, something about the ambiguous guest that shows up uninvited seems to forever speak to our existential anxieties. In the Austin-set indie Barracuda, this familiar tale is spun with rare intimacy and hypnotic unease to unpredictable ends.
4.5. The film is good, but I rate it so highly because of the wonderful Austin and Texas musicians, songs, and scenery of the Texas Hil Country. As a huge fan of Townes Van Zandt, I was intrigued by the script as well, for while the romantic exploits of troubadors are often explored in film, to do so from the perspective of a child from one of the musician's flings isn't so common.
2.5 Appreciated the casting of the two sisters--great to see unconventionally beautiful women. Liked that the interloper was a woman for a change, and that she didn't conform to received ideas of nonviolent, passive femininity. Not sure the plot was entirely thought out, but it was thought-provoking. This film and "Wild Rose" (2019) both star U.K. singers who come to Nashville to discover something.
Everybody loves a good movie about someone's talent. This movie was exciting in the way that you saw two sisters become reunited and then become successful within singing. Singing is always a good story. Nowadays there are many singing stories and this did a good job of standing out and being interesting. Good acting and good camera shots throughout the entire movie.