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The Thanksgiving drama 'Krisha' masterfully captures the emotional horror show of a family

The Thanksgiving drama 'Krisha' masterfully captures the emotional horror show of a family

A coiled masterpiece of subjective filmmaking, writer-director Trey Edward Shults' "Krisha" is, in the well-worn genre of ruined family holidays, something of an indie gauntlet thrown down. Artfully claustrophobic and anchored by a commanding breakout performance from its 64-year-old female lead, Krisha Fairchild (the director's aunt), this astonishing debut feature offers a simultaneously dread-filled and empathetic picture of a damaged soul.

At its best, it calls to mind such breakdown classics as "Repulsion" and "Keane" and the unflinching psychodramas of John Cassavetes. (That Shults just won an Independent Spirit award named after the late...

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