#REVIEW: “THE INTERVENTION” (INSIDE OUT FESTIVAL)
Those of you attending the Inside Out Festival are in for a real treat. The Opening Gala this year is relationship dramedy THE INTERVENTION written, acted and directed by Clea Duvall. The Film focuses on four couples who retreat at the home of troubled couple Ruby (Cobie Smulders) and Peter (Vincent Piazza). After noticing constant vicious fighting between Ruby and Peter, out of concern, their friends including Jessie (Duvall) and Sarah (Natasha Lyonne), Jack (Ben Schwartz) and Lola (Alia Shawkat) and Annie (Melanie Lynsky) and Matt (Jason Ritter), delicately stage an intervention in hopes of their divorcing for the better.
As a comically tipsy Annie fumbles to find the right moment to break this to Ruby and Peter, we witness tensions mount between the Jessie and Sarah, as their insecurities rise to the surface when it becomes known Jessie has an attraction to the much younger and flirtatuous Lola. Jack while dating Lola, also still is getting over the loss of a lover. Annie and Matt are feeling the pressure of a wedding on the way.
Duvall does a daring and admirable job telling a story filled with many of life’s true complexities in love. The jabs hurt and she goes deep into each character’s own internal struggle, but The Intervention still manages to be hilarious (much thanks to Lynskey‘s effortless brilliance), honest and sweet. Smulders‘ performance is real revelation and we think many will be floored by her work.
THE INTERVENTION premieres at the Inside Out Festival May 31, 2016 9:30 PM at TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX. More here.