MIFF: A Family

Comedy Drama


A lonely man pays people to play members of his family.

This is a movie that revels in making you feel uncomfortable. The director takes his time setting up awkward situations, replete with completely bizarre characters, before eventually turning the deadpan atmosphere up to 11. No matter how weird the scene, the actors, to their credit, always play it straight-faced. In fact, the lead actor barely moves a muscle in his face for the duration of the film, but therein lies the absurdist humour. You'll no doubt find yourself shifting uncomfortably, deep down it's all quite depressing, so go in prepared. You can't choose your family...

Stefan Bugryn

MIFF 2019
93 mins