Overall Rating: 4/5
July 29, 2016
Dir. Siam Heder
This Netflix Original Film premiered at Sundance before being released on Netflix itself. Writer/director Siam Heder brings us this unconventional dramedy that focuses on family, specifically the roles that females play. It’s sharply written and does well at avoiding familiar territory within the genre.
Without discussing specifics, the film takes the time to paint an introductory picture that is then painted over, discarding any preconceived notions about the plot it may have given to viewers. Let yourself be pleasantly surprised by the turn of events that unfolds if you don’t already know the synopsis. The powerful marriage of writing and acting will have you wrapped up in these not-so-perfect characters’ minds, sympathizing with different ones from scene to scene. A rare kind of quality for any film, especially a comedy.
While remaining mostly grounded in reality, there are some scenarios within Tallulah that are borderline absurd and somewhat take away from the weight of the drama. It’s a shame, though, because the drama is the real star here (the comedy elements take a backseat at times). The resolution is also just a tad clumsy. That being said, I still highly recommend this hidden gem from 2016.