Her Smell


Brattle Theatre Sat, Apr 27, 2019 6:45 PM
Film Info
Category:Narrative Feature
Premiere Status:New England Premiere
Web Site:https://www.hersmellmovie.com/
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Alex Ross Perry
Additional Info


All hail the tale of Becky Something, the brilliant and brash front woman for the 90's rock band Something She. Becky is a foul-mouthed, nihilistic, and incredibly talented. Mother of one, bandmate to two, and friend to none, Becky is at the height of her career and the top of the party game— with only one direction to go.

Filmmaker Alex Ross Perry, best known for his literary-inspired works like Listen Up Phillip and Golden Exits, changes modes here, giving us a ride on Becky's freight train of self-destruction. Drawing from examples of experiential filmmaking by the likes of John Cassavettes and Paul Thomas Anderson, Perry whips his characters and sequences into a frenzy of substance abuse and personal combustion as we follow the starlet through backstage antics and hostile recording sessions. He keeps the audience on their toes as lengthy tracking turns into uniquely telling angles (courtesy of 35mm cinematography from DOP Sean Price Willams) and his sudden shifts in tone hit us with waves of emotion.

The already accolade-showered Elisabeth Moss is a tour de force as Becky, the eye of this hurricane, tearing everything she cares about apart until all that is left is to rebuild. For Moss, this is a career-defining performance that emanates pathos and sweat. She is supported by a slew of perfectly cast recognizable faces including Amber Heard, Cara Delving, Virginia Madsen, Dan Stevens, Ashley Benson, and Eric Stoltz. The film is punk rock in every sense of the humanity behind the fuckup in everyone.

—Toronto International Film Festival guide