A pair have a wild weekend away in Beautiful Issues, Kestrin Pantera’s laugh-out-loud comedy premiering at SXSW.
Written through Michael Tennant, who additionally co-stars, it’s a witty have a look at wealth, privilege and relationships over a few days of hedonism in wine nation.
Lindsay (Britt Rentschler) is as bored together with her marriage to Jack (Tennant) as she is operating in a boutique — till Cat Flax (JJ Nolan) swoops into the shop, showering her with flattery and conspicuous shows of wealth. The pair bond over a bottle of wine, and Lindsay arrives house flushed with pleasure about her wealthy new pal. Jack reluctantly consents to simply accept Cat’s invitation for a weekend away, and so they soar right into a automotive and pressure into some other global: of butlers, reward luggage, massages and astronomically dear wine their hosts overlook even purchasing.
Cat’s married to Matt Flax (Graham Outerbridge), a self-made billionaire who’s joined on the hip to his best possible pal Kerry (Alex Klein), a trust-fund child who’s courting Carrie (Charlotte Ubben). Whilst Lindsay sees a chance to reside a unique lifestyles, Jack is suspicious and uncomfortably misplaced, particularly as he’s now a door-to-door salesman, having misplaced his task as a legal professional. Their dating is examined as they move from dinners to wine tastings to murder-mystery events, the place it seems Lindsay has a connection to a member of group of workers.
There’s an offer of a conspiracy, one thing Jack addresses head-on when he half-jokingly wonders if the weekend might be a “Purge” factor, or a intercourse factor. However that is propelled extra through characters and comedy than thriller. There’s a taste of Completely Fabulous and Schitt’s Creek to the farcical extravagance on show. Nolan is hilarious because the faddish, flamboyant host who makes lavish guarantees she’s not going to stay — the entire funnier for being a recognizable, plausible personality. She additionally reeks of boredom and dissatisfaction: There’s no advice that cash is the solution, despite the fact that we proportion in a few of Lindsay’s envy and delight in their lavish way of life. Outerbridge and Klein are completely forged as jocky bros, whilst Ubben is a wonderful comedy under the influence of alcohol — someplace between Joanna Lumley’s Patsy Stone and Billie Lourd’s Gigi from Booksmart.
No line is wasted on this sharp script. Detailed comical asides vary from “I used to be a instructor at Sea Global, and I surrender that once it stopped being cool,” to “Titty Bingo?”, uttered confidently through a person answering the door when Jack is doing his gross sales rounds. Intercourse comes up so much, underlining the irony that Jack and Lindsay’s love lifestyles is sick.
Director Pantera and her female-led staff have delivered a movie that explores the uncomfortable truths in relationships, be they marriages or new friendships — and it’s additionally an amazing quantity of amusing. This can be a celebration you need to visit, to reside vicariously, snigger so much, after which be happy to move house for your personal lifestyles.