Rhea Perlman

With 'Lemon,' Janicza Bravo and Brett Gelman squeeze privilege and failure into an unusual comedy

With 'Lemon,' Janicza Bravo and Brett Gelman squeeze privilege and failure into an unusual comedy

Few recent films have elicited the wild rotisserie of responses of confusion, delight, anxiety and introspection as “Lemon.” How to most succinctly describe the singular film can even be a point of contention.

Janicza Bravo, director and co-writer of the film, recently noted that she has alternately used phrases like sad comedy, dark comedy or even stressful comedy. “I’ve described it as surreal, absurd, experimental, stressful, sour, I think those words feel more in line with the thing that it is,” she said. “I’ve also said it’s a comedy about failure, it’s a comedy about a plateau.”

Now playing in Los Angeles and available on VOD platforms, the movie marks the feature...

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