1h 37min | Drama | 22 May 2015 (Mexico)
Medeas is a daring and lyrical exploration of alienation and desperation through the intimate observation of a family’s inner lives and their relationship to each other and their environment. Without moral judgment, it probes the boundaries of human behavior and the lengths to which people can be driven for love and self-preservation.
Allude to Medea in your film title and you’re promising high passion and a mystery meat pie — even if you don’t specify the gender of the chef. Andrea Pallaoro provides none of that in Medeas. Instead a quiet, psychological drama is played out on a failing dairy farm in Southern California. But as Willy Loman demonstrated, even the simplest human lives can wear a tragic dignity. The classical register of the title corrects our initial sense that this film is about the taciturn farmer and his mute wife’s communication problem. They have four boys, a blossoming teenage daughter and now word of another baby on the way. The oldest boy threatens the father’s stern hold, especially when the mother is at risk. The father is characterised by his favourite game. He feigns sleep/death/drowning, then roars to loud play-threat life. When he intuits his wife’s outside romance and his children growing away the threat turns real. Only his wife survives.
Director: Andrea Pallaoro
Writers: Andrea Pallaoro, Orlando Tirado
Stars: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Brían F. O’Byrne, Mary Mouser
Country: USA | Italy
Release Date: 22 May 2015 (Mexico)
Also Known As: Като Медея
Filming Locations: Santa Clarita, California, USA