Her Smell

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Her Smell

Alex Ross Perry
USA/GR, 2018
Features, 135min, OF

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Her Smell

Alex Ross Perry
USA/GR, 2018
Features, 135min, OF

Cast: 
Elisabeth Moss
Becky Something
Agyness Deyn
Marielle Hell
Cara Delevingne
Cassie
Dan Stevens
Danny
Amber Heard
Zelda E. Zekiel
Eric Stoltz
Howard Goodman
Screenplay: 
Alex Ross Perry
Camera: 
Sean Price Williams
Editor: 
Robert Greene
Composer: 
Anika Pyle
Alicia Bognanno
Costume: 
Amanda Ford

Production: 
Bow and Arrow Entertainment
Faliro House Productions
World Sales: 
Voltage Pictures
Format: 
DCP
Color

If ever there was a riot grrrl, she has to live up to the mayhem of bandleader Becky Something in Alex Ross Perry’s HER SMELL. Three times we see her in preparation for a gig: the minutes before the step onto the stage, surrounded by band members, friends and family, and management (not always easy to distinguish from friends and family, and, increasingly, from foes and family). Becky is a mess. She was once an idol, and her band “Something She” apparently had its moment in popular culture. But even in the counter culture there are obligations, responsibilities, and contracts. Becky did not live up to neither. The first two parts of HER SMELL lead into the heart of darkness, the third part leads into a typical Alex Ross Perry setting (potentially bucolic) and asks questions about a comeback from hell. In several ways HER SMELL is a combination of tours de force: Elisabeth Moss, who also coproduced the movie, makes the brinks of self-destruction seem as wide as Becky’s permanent high is deep; and with the help of DP Sean Price Williams’s fluid work and an eery soundscape like straight from Becky’s inner turmoil Alex Ross Perrymakes for a strong movie about the nightmares at the core of pop idolism. (Bert Rebhandl)

Alex Ross Perry: IMPOLEX (2009), THE COLOR WHEEL (2011), THE TRADITIONS (2013, TV-Serie), LISTEN UP PHILIP (2014), QUEEN OF EARTH (2015), GOLDEN EXITS (2017)