I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore — winner of the top prize at the Sundance Film Festival this year — is now streaming on Netflix.
The black comedy slash thriller, directed by Macon Blair, stars Melanie Lynskey as Ruth, a nursing assistant fed up with a world of jerks. To Ruth, it feels like everything sucks and everyone is an asshole.
The story kicks off when Ruth is robbed of her laptop, anti-depressants, and grandmother’s silver. When she reports the offense to the local authorities, she is met with apathy, and soon begins her own wild goose chase of an investigation to find the thieves. Ruth enlists the help of Tony (Elijah Wood), a heavy metal–loving weirdo, who, like Ruth, is also fueled by a fierce anger about the downfall of humanity. As the unlikely duo of Ruth and Tony track down the culprits, their search turns both absurd and violent with shootouts, brawls, broken bones, and disillusioned housewives.
The film was a hit with critics at Sundance, perhaps in part due to its timely exploration of what happens when human dissatisfaction turns into rage. “This is the sort of fresh indie voice people come to Sundance to discover,” Variety critic Peter Debruge wrote. “And it’s an apt choice to open the 2017 festival, capturing a sort of ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore’ frustration boiling over throughout the country these days.”