'Mountain Rest: Special Edition'
(Natalia Dyer, Kate Lyn Sheil, Shawn Hatosy, Frances Conroy, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (2018) 2019 / Film Rise)
Overview: After sequestering herself to a small mountain town, an aging actress calls her estranged daughter and granddaughter home for reconciliation and one final celebration.
Blu-ray Verdict: Aging former actress Ethel (Frances Conroy) summons her estranged daughter Frankie (Kate Lyn Sheil) and granddaughter Clara (Natalia Dyer) to her Blue Ridge Mountain cabin for a wild funeral party she's throwing before she dies.
While Clara is meeting Ethel for the first time and wants to connect with her, Frankie confronts her mother about family secrets and betrayals.
Written and directed by Alex O Eato, I absolutely loved the moodiness of this quite stunning, thoroughly engrossing film. From the cinematography and music to the script and the speeches, to the on screen relationships, every piece has been thoughtfully put together here to ensure a magnificent hour and a half is spent in its company.
I mean, the storyline that unfolds doesn't just stop at the description above, oh lord no for there might even be a serial killer amongst them! Or a boyfriend that isn't exactly who he seems to be!
As you would fully expect, the always-brilliant Frances Conroy ('American Horror Story') eats up the screen as a crunchy crazy alcoholic grandmother to a young Clara played by Natalia Dyer ('Stranger Things') and their relationship plays out on screen in a way that you might not expect to be just so raw and emotional.
With the weekend festivities allowing Ethel (Conroy) to blur the lines between truth and fiction, the culmination is both unsettling in its revelations and forceful in that fact that it forces everyone to reconsider the roles they play in each other’s lives. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of: