Movie Pick of the Week



Director: Colin Healey

Year of Release: 2015

Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Rachel McKeon gives a no-holds-barred, at times alienating, and surprisingly poignant performance in writer-director Colin Healey's debut feature Homemakers. The film, which has a ramshackle quality that could be off-putting to those bemoaning the overabundance of hipster-approved indie fare flooding the festival circuit, is nonetheless a singular vision of aimless youth that succeeds by being stubbornly true to its convictions. McKeon plays Irene, an unpredictable singer in an Austin, TX punk band who inherits a house in Pittsburg from her recently deceased grandfather just as her fellow bandmates are on the verge of giving her the boot. The dilapidated three-level house becomes a kind of microcosm for Irene's life; unruly, mired in filth, and seeming like it could fall apart at any moment. Teaming up with her long-lost cousin Cam (Jack Culbertson), the duo attempt to fix up the joint, but spend most of the film breaking stuff, haphazardly painting, and knocking down walls. Healey keeps things moving through brisk editing and a fly-on-the-wall approach that one expects from a DIY indie, but what one doesn't expect is the raw emotional punch once Irene realizes domesticity is encroaching on her wild existence. Mckeon, meanwhile, is a complete marvel; portraying her character as tenacious, knowingly awkward, sexy, and perhaps fearful that her tough girl facade is beginning to break.