Domestic buyers were not happy when Netflix acquired “True Detective” auteur Cary Fukunaga’s feature “Beasts of No Nation,” which would ordinarily be a high profile theater-bound project. (Making a pact to make movies starring stumbling comedian Adam Sandler, whose “The Cobbler” tanked this weekend, bothered no one.)
Netflix landed this deal because they recently made a four-picture pact with the ubiquitous Jay and Mark Duplass, who gave a keynote at SXSW this weekend. The home streaming service will release “6 Years” later in 2015.
The movie follows a young couple facing the titular anniversary as their future prospects are challenged by various spats and infidelities. To this end, “6 Years” offers little in the way of new material. Yet Fidell, working with executive producers Mark and Jay Duplass, effectively broadens her range by borrowing the sibling directors’ improvisatory style and ceding control to her two leads, whose heartbreaking performances imbue this familiar Austin-set narrative with a fiery edge.