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Ruth ought to be focusing on getting into college, but she’s too busy trying to keep her family afloat. While their mom’s in jail, she and her brother start doing jobs for a shady scrap metal dealer, dangerous work that has them breaking into abandoned factories under the cover of night. The kind of hardscrabble indie that thrives on its keen attention to detail, and filmed on beautifully grainy 16mm in the middle of a polar vortex, Holler exudes authenticity. A former soldier in the US Army, writer/director Nicole Reigel returned to shoot in her Ohio hometown, drawing inspiration from Barbara Loden’s rust-belt classic Wanda. Star Jessica Barden (best known for the British series The End of the F***ing World) has received wide and deserved praise for bringing Ruth to vivid life, along with a supporting cast that includes the great Pamela Adlon (Better Things). “Pays a kind of elegiac respect to a class of Americans who work harder than the rest, but grasp only a fraction of the benefits dangled before them by the media. Life isn’t fair, and it shows on the face of British actor Jessica Barden (The Lobster), whose remarkable performance illuminates this unvarnished dive into tough, small-town survival … and escape” (Variety). (MK)

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    90 minutes
  • Country
    USA
  • Director
    Nicole Riegel
  • Screenwriter
    Nicole Riegel
  • Producer
    Katie McNeill, Jamie Patricof, Christy Spitzer Thronton, Rachel Gould, Adam Cobb
  • Cast
    Jessica Barden, Gus Halper, Austin Amelio, Grace Kaiser, Pamela Adlon, Becky Ann Baker
  • Cinematographer
    Dustin Lane
  • Editor
    Kate Hickey