Women take the lead this week in comedies, thrillers, and indie dramas.
Women discovering their roots. Leaving home. Coming home. Ladies making a career for themselves. Women falling in love. Women falling out of love. Going on vigilante murder sprees. Boy, this week has got it all when it comes to female-led films!
Virtual theatrical releases continue to thrive, as evidenced by recent box office numbers. In addition to four Theatrical at home releases, IFC continues to do limited physical releases, often in newly resurgent drive-in venues. Check out our selection of releases below.
How to Build a Girl (May 8*)
*Also available via Video on Demand.
Johanna Morrigan (Beanie Feldstein) is a bright, quirky, 16-year-old who uses her colorful imagination to regularly escape her humdrum life in Wolverhampton and live out her creative fantasies. Desperate to break free from the overcrowded flat she shares with her four brothers and eccentric parents, she submits an earnestly penned and off-beat music review to a group of self-important indie rock critics at a weekly magazine.
Theatrical at Home
On a Magical Night (Strand Releasing, May 8)
Maria, a woman dissatisfied with her marriage, after a heated argument with her husband of 20 years, spends the night in room 212 of the hotel across the street from their home. There, she has a bird’s eye view of her apartment, her husband, and her marriage. In this comic romp, she confronts her past lovers and relationships on one magical night, fantasizing about the lives she could’ve lived and wondering if she’s made the right decisions.
Crshed (Crshed Website, May 8)
This inventive, female-driven sex comedy follows college freshman Izzy Alden (Isabelle Barbier) and her two best friends, Anuka (Deeksha Ketkar) and Fiona (Sadie Scott), as they embark on a journey to get Izzy to a “crush party” so she can lose her virginity before the end of the semester. The acclaimed feature film debut of writer/director Emily Cohn, CRSHD tells a hilarious, unique story about navigating the messy ups and downs of life and love in the age of social media.
Clementine (Oscilloscope, May 8)
Reeling from a one-sided breakup, anguished Karen (Otmara Marrero) flees Los Angeles for her ex’s idyllic lake house in the Pacific Northwest. There, she becomes entangled with a mysterious, alluring younger woman (Sydney Sweeney), whom she cannot seem to resist.
Someone, Somewhere (Distrib Films)
Rémy and Mélanie are two thirty-year-olds who live in the same Parisian neighborhood. She multiplies dates on social networks that lead nowhere while he struggles to meet anyone. Both are victims of this loneliness of big cities, in a hyper connected world where one would think meeting someone would be easier. Two individuals, two different paths. Without knowing it, they then take two roads that will lead them in the same direction… that of a love story?
Video on Demand
Driveways (May 7)
Kathy (Hong Chau), a single mother, travels with her shy eight-year-old son Cody (Lucas Jaye), to Kathy’s late sister’s house which they plan to clean and sell. As Kathy realizes how little she knew about her sister, Cody develops an unlikely friendship with Del (Brian Dennehy) the Korean War vet and widower who lives next door. Over the course of a summer and with Del’s encouragement, Cody develops the courage to come out of his shell and, along with his mother, finds a new place to call home.
The Delicacy (May 7)
The Delicacy is the story of a rare and exotic food, the sea urchin, and how it’s harvested, how it’s eaten, and the role it plays in nature and the lives of those who bring it to the table. With commentary from some of the most influential and prolific voices in the culinary world, the film follows a group of sea urchin divers in Santa Barbara as they deal with the hazards of their vocation.
Rewind (May 8)
In his candid personal memoir, Sasha Joseph Neulinger revisits his childhood and the events that tore apart his seemingly-perfect world. For as long as Neulinger can remember, his father was constantly filming— from birthday parties, to hockey games, to holidays. But his camera, trained on the frequent gatherings of a tight-knit family, was also documenting a hidden secret, the revelation of which would lead to a media firestorm, a high-stakes court battle, and a generational reckoning.
Walkaway Joe (May 8)
WALKAWAY JOE is the story of an unlikely friendship between a young boy searching for his father in pool halls across the country, and a wandering loner hiding from his past. In each other they experience the power of a second chance, and a shot at redemption.
Valley Girl (May 8)
Julie (Jessica Rothe) is the ultimate ’80s Valley Girl. A creative free spirit; Julie’s time is spent with her best friends shopping at the Galleria mall and making plans for senior prom. That is, until she falls hard for Randy (Joshua Whitehouse), a Sunset Strip punk rocker, who challenges everything the Valley and Julie stand for. Despite push-back from friends and family, Julie must break out of the safety of her world to follow her heart and discover what it really means to be a Valley Girl.
A Good Woman is Hard to Find (May 8)
Sarah (Sarah Bolger, ), struggling as a single mother, desperate to discover who brutally murdered her husband in front of her young son, Ben (Rudy Doherty), rendering him mute. Dismissing the crime as thugs killing each other, the police haven’t done a thing to help, and Sarah’s very much on edge. One day, after being coerced into helping a low-life drug dealer (Andrew Simpson) stash narcotics stolen from the neighborhood kingpin (Edward Hogg), she’s forced into taking drastic action to protect her children, evolving from downtrodden submissive to take-charge vigilante.
The Wrong Missy (Netflix, May 8)
When Tim Morris meets his dream girl and their relationship quickly escalates through texts, he throws caution to the wind and invites her to his company’s corporate retreat on an island resort… However, when a past blind date from hell shows up at the airport for the weekend getaway instead, he learns too late that he’s been texting “The Wrong Missy”.
Hope Gap (May 8)
HOPE GAP tracks the unravelling of three lives, through stages of shock, disbelief and anger, to a place of hope. Grace (Annette Bening) and Edward (Bill Nighy), married for 29 years, live in a small seaside town near a cove under the cliffs called Hope Gap. When their son Jamie (Josh O’Connor) comes to visit for the weekend, Edward informs him that he plans to leave Grace that same day.