“Anne at 13,000 Ft.”
“Anne at 13,000 Ft.” is Canadian director Kazik Radwanski’s portrait of an unsteady woman struggling to navigate her everyday life. Heavily improvised and constructed from a whiplash pace of episodic moments, the movie can be anxiety-inducing and at times frustrating to watch as it jerks the viewer from one sequence to the next. But leading star Deragh Campbell makes it all worth it. Her staggering performance becomes the film’s center of gravity, her captivating sense of chaos and complexity giving the audience emotional motion sickness as her moods shift between extremes. Like John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands in “A Woman Under the Influence,” Campbell and Radwanski manage to effortlessly sprinkle bizarre moments of humor into the most disturbing emotional conflicts, showing how it’s possible to experience two opposing emotions at once. It’s no small feat to channel the same energy as someone like Rowlands, but the similarities between the great actor and this up-and-comer are astonishing. Read IndieWire’s full review here.