ALEX ROSS PERRY | USA | ENGLISH | 2018 | 135 MIN
Years after her spotlight has faded, Elizabeth Moss’s riot grrrl Becky Something is hell bent on a comeback as she careens down a self-destructive path leaving bandmates and family in her wake.
Backed by an all-star cast, Elizabeth Moss dominates the stage in Alex Ross Perry’s HER SMELL as a demonic, but brilliantly talented, amalgamation of Liz Phair and Courtney Love battling for relevance in a world that has left her angsty, gutter-guitar anthems behind. As if Sartre’s NO EXIT was set within the grimy, cigarette butt-laden green rooms of underground punk clubs and recording studios, Perry (PFF23’s LISTEN UP PHILLIP, QUEEN OF EARTH) traps the band members, mangers, and family of 90s alt-phenom Something She’s front woman Becky Something (Moss, THE HANDMAID’S TALE) in punk rock hell. Following her through drug-addled back stage antics, with accompanying spirit-be-gone shamans, Becky can’t seem to come up for air, let alone be a mother to her child with ex Danny (Dan Stevens, PFF23’s THE GUEST). Long after the gigs have ended, Becky will have to destroy everything before she ever makes it to the encore in a surprisingly emotional climax. Once again teaming with cinematography wizard Sean Price Williams (GOOD TIME) evoking the works of P.T. Anderson, Perry tightly enwraps the crazed Moss in a bevy of colors on 35MM, whipping around the back halls of grungy venues with no end, or light, in sight.
CAST: Elisabeth Moss, Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens, Amber Heard
In Competition: Pinkenson Award
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