On November 19, 2015 I watched the Hawai’i premiere of the film “Krisha” directed by Trey Shults. It has been a day since I watched this film, and I’m still thinking about it! This film made me feel a mix of emotions in a short span a time; intensity, humor, unhappiness, and then finally curiosity and wonder. I never had a film made me feel all of those emotions before, but this film was a film to remember.
The main character, named Krisha finally decides to reunite with her family for a holiday gathering after spending some time apart to improve on herself. She thinks that it was a great idea and that it would give her the perfect chance to rekindle the love, attempt to mend any heartache, and gain trust after her mistakes that she has made in the past. The film shows how uneasy Krisha is at the holiday gathering; from being alone for quite some time, to being around an abundance of people really took a toll on her. There was so much things she had to wrap her head around; from seeing and trying to catch up with her son that hasn’t been returning her calls or texts, seeing her elderly mother whom doesn’t really remember who she is, and seeing the little kids of the family all grown up. From all of the different types of stimuli around her, she falls for temptation and opens a bottle of wine. After that disappointing decision of Krisha’s, the family gathering took a turn for the worse.
The abundant acting, tears, and emotions that came from the actors were great. The film caught my attention immediately from the intensity from the opening scene. Although throughout the film, the background music was distracting, I couldn’t look away from the screen. The curiosity of wanting to know what happens next kept forcing me to watch. Mahalo, Trey Shults for this amazing, and dramatic film! I’m glad that I finished my experience at the Hawai’i International Film Festival with “Krisha”!