starring Brea Grant, Hunter C. Smith, Yasmine Al-Bustami, Kristina Klebe
written by Brea Grant
directed by Natasha Kermani
by Walter Chaw When you make the subtext the text, you have text and no subtext. I'm uncomfortable saying that things like Natasha Kermani's Lucky (from a script by star Brea Grant) are not good, because sometimes that's taken as a comment on the text rather than the execution of the text. More often, and I'm not even sure this isn't fair to say, it's taken as evidence that men can only review films made by women as men would see films made by women. That's literally true. When I watch something like Sophia Takal's Black Christmas, the second reboot of Bob Clark's seminal slasher, I'm starkly confronted by the divorce between what I'm watching and my knowledge of what its messages mean to so many. I think it's imperative that women speak out about men and have the means to do so. That said, Black Christmas, the reboot of Rabid, and now Lucky move me only as intellectual exercises and not as calls to action. They're rally speeches, not poetry. At least, they're not poetry I can understand.