La Barracuda

Sinaloa hitchhikes into Texas to meet Merle, her half-sister by way of their dead country musician father. As the two get to know each other, Sinaloa's chaotic influence starts to unravel Merle's quiet, comfortable life. While the family music legacy brought Sinaloa to Austin, she won't leave without taking revenge against the people who stole her daddy away years ago.

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  • ★★★★ review by seanmalin on Letterboxd

    Jonathan Nastasi does it again.

    And Sophie Reid, Allison Tolman, and JoBeth Williams are sensational for real.

  • ★★★½ review by Frank on Letterboxd

    This film had me knee deep in it for 2.5 acts. Very much up my alley when it comes to family drama stories and the only thought going through my brain was, "I really hope they end this as strong as they started it." In my opinion they didn't. I do like one aspect they wrapped up, but I cannot agree with one choice that was made and then after that it just kind of fell off and cut to black. Good performances all around none the less.

  • ★★★½ review by Fernando Andrés on Letterboxd

    SXSW #3 —

    Sophie Reid is a tour de force in this thoroughly engrossing, thoroughly Texan thriller.

  • ★★★★ review by Peter Craig on Letterboxd

    A family drama with a touch of suspense due to a faint undertone of dread. From the moment Sinaloa (Sophie Reid) appears it is clear that something is not right with her. The intensity of her responses when dealing with people, the look of disdain or even hatred in her eyes when no one is watching, the dark imagery in the songs she sings all forebode an emotional release that could come at any moment. So the film becomes a waiting game as tensions build to an inevitable and irreversible act of violence. Reid is excellent in maintaining the ambiguity of her character, as is Allison Tolman as Merle who desperately wants to form a connection with this new-found sister but cannot ignore an inner sense that something is wrong.

  • ★★★★ review by Gabriele Capolino on Letterboxd

    It has two of the best performances you'll see this year.

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