If you’ve seen Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin and Green Room, you know exactly who Macon Blair is, and you also knew from the first time you saw him that Blair was one to watch. His performances are haunting and genuine, and just like Saulnier (his friend since childhood), Blair has now written and directed his own film — a Netflix original that just won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. As if all that could get any better … this very dark comedy, I Don’t Want to Live in this World Anymore (possibly from They Might Be Giants’ Don’t Let’s Start?) stars the utterly wonderful Melanie Lynskey, with whom many of us fell in love with watching HBO’s Togetherness. For possibly different reasons than you or me, Lynskey’s Ruth Kimke is a little fed up with her fellow humans and the way we treat each other. After her home is robbed and the police provide nothing in the way of satisfaction, Ruth and her neighbor Tony (Elijah Wood), decide to hunt down the thieves themselves.
And if you’ve seen Macon Blair in his buddy’s movies, you’re probably thinking that plan doesn’t go very well;
from this teaser it looks like you’d be exactly right. (Everybody dies frustrated and sad, and that is beautiful?)
I can totally relate to Ruth; my car was once broken into and my grandmother’s cups and saucers stolen (WHY?).
Especially now, we just want …
We feel you, Ruth.
I Don’t Want to Live in This World Anymore stars Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, David Yow, Jane Levy and Devon Graye. It’s available on Netflix, beginning February 24th.