The three movies I watched today in a back-to-back-to-back marathon at the famed Eccles Theater here at Sundance all had one thing in common: they were tense and angry. They featured characters who were all hurting, yearning and scheming, choosing to take out that hurt in ways that force each of them to confront what they are and who they want to be.
In Ain't Them Bodies Saints, an outlaw (Casey Affleck) yearning to reunite with his wife (Rooney Mara) and child escapes prison and travels a great distance -- overcoming many obstacles (some more violent than others) -- in order to do just that. In The East, Brit Marling (reuniting with her Sound of My Voice director Zal Batmanglij ) plays a woman hired by a firm to infiltrate a highly secretive anarchist group that attacks big corporations they feel are poisoning the planet. Finally, in Stoker, a quiet and crazy teenager comes of age in the most dangerous of ways as she squares off against her super creepy uncle (Matthew Goode) in a battle of violent eroticism that's dripping with gorgeous detail and some very weird moments (and the year's most memorable shower scene).
Three very different movies that all share a dark side, and three very big premieres at this year's festival. I attempt to wrap my brain around them all (with help from my buddy Aaron) in this 17-minute conversation that you can listen to below.
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