The chosen ones are in, and as we cast a cursory glance over next year’s fare, we can’t help but get more excited about some more than others. Most of the heavier dramas (and some of the comedies) seem to be in some way about parents and children–The End of Love is about the loss of a child, LUV (Sheldon Candis) and Nobody Walks (Lena Dunham) are (loosely) about the gaining of unwanted ones–the Marxian-titled Hello, I Must Be Going features Melanie Lynsky as a 35-year old who moves back home, and For Ellen is about the search for an estranged child. There seems to be something on the collective mindset–something Freud and Newsweek won’t shut up about.
But if you ask us, what we’re really excited for are the few rogue selections this year that meet our personal criteria (i.e., potentially ridiculous, potentially honest, or both).
- The Queen of Versailles, a documentary about a new-moneyed American family whose plans to recreate the Palace of Versailles in Florida are stopped short in the wake of the economy slump. It’s bound to be heavy with morality–but it’s also bound to have tons of scenes of Carmella-and-Tony-like sparring between the ambitious couple.
- Smashed is the surprisingly uncommon story of a couple whose Fitzgeraldian love of drinking and partying may be the only thing they have in common. As one half of the couple (Scott Pilgrim‘s Mary-Elisabeth Winstead) decides to go sober, vivid realizations ensure.
- We’re Not Broke is a film we’d see for the title alone. The pissy denizens of depressed America takes to the streets, declaiming corporate America for what it is: greedy, unjust, and totally winning.