Can women and women be friends? If you're gonna go hard to the closeup, you're gonna want to work with a face like Elisabeth Moss's. Alex Ross Perry's (Listen Up Philip) portrait of a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown opens on a teary-smeary Moss mid-breakup, veering between resentment and devastation, and doesn't let up from there. Besides the boyfriend bye-bye, her dad has just died, and she so seeks refuge at her best friend Katherine Waterson's family summer home by the lake. But the world is always with us, and our past is never wholly past. In this case, the world is right in the kitchen (in the form of a smirking neighbor dude) and the past — specifically, last summer — is right behind her. Moss's mug registers every exterior assault and every interior tremor brought up by the incessant acid exchanges, and Perry's careful doling out of information helps to keep the viewer from simply writing it off as a horror show. (2015) — Matthew Lickona
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