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Writer / director Stephen Karam’s nearby Thanksgiving horror comedy is adapted from his one-act play of the same name from 2014, which premiered at Chicago’s now defunct American Theater Company before opening off-Broadway, where it won the Tony Award for Best Play. The Blake family tries to have fun for Thanksgiving, but the long walks of daughter Brigid (Beanie Feldstein) and well-meaning musician boyfriend Richard (Steven Yeun)’s still unfurnished Manhattan duplex resounds with hard love that keeps crossing the border. back and cross it again. In a career-best performance, Amy Schumer plays the depressed family empath, Aimee, opposite bitter and voracious parents Deirdre (Jayne Houdyshell) and Erik (Richard Jenkins). The girls ‘grandmother, Momo (June Squibb), whose care around the clock has pushed their parents’ marriage to a breaking point, eats her meal from a wheelchair and can barely speak.

With several fleeting exceptions – an opening montage shot up against the blue sky from the inner courtyard, a glimpse of the Manhattan skyline late at night and some hectic hunting sequences down to the boiler room and up to the roof in between – the film continues. a single set, real-time mise-en-scène throughout its one hour and 48 minutes, probing virtually every surface of the duplex until its walls, floors, fixtures and paint bubbles get the texture of a living body. At times, inexplicable rumbling sounds from upstairs, burnt-out lights and the claustrophobia of the whole atmosphere cast their shadow into the territory of horror movies. Chekhov of electric lamp, A24 style, for the holidays. R, 108 min.

Showtime, Gene Siskel Film Center

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