Actor and director Miranda July is about to deliver her third picture, “Kajillionaire”, out on September 30, 2020 in France, after “Me and You and Everyone We Know” (2005) and “The Future” (2011).
Unlike her previous movies, Miranda July does not play in her drama movie “Kajillionaire”. But she directs Evan Rachel Wood (“Thirteen”, “The Wrestler”, “The Ides of March”, “Westworld” series…) as the lead actress. She shares the screen with Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”, “Deepwater”…), Debra Winger (“Boychoir”, “Rachel Getting Married”…) and Richard Jenkins (“The Shape of Water”, “White House Down”, “Berlin Station”…).
Theresa (Debra Winger) and Robert (Richard Jenkins) spent 26 years raising their only daughter, Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood) to swindle, hustle and steal on any occasion. During a burglary put up in a rush, they propose a lovely unknown ingenuous, Melanie (Gina Rodriguez), to join them, completely shaking up Old Dolio’s routine.
“Kajillionaire” could boil down to Evan Rachel Wood’s breathtaking performance as Old Dolio. She looks pretty ugly, has a very deep and hoarse voice, almost like a make, but Evan Rachel Wood amazes as this character.
Director Miranda July created a character so intriguing and so attaching for the lead part of the movie. Everything revolves around Old Dolio, a young woman who grew up with parents unable to love her. She does not know how to interact with other people or how to develop relationships. An aspect of her life that will change over the course of the movie. Old Dolio will get aware of it and suffer from it more and more, before an unexpected event makes her change and bound with others, even though relationships can be ambiguous like with Melanie, that will put her between her and her parents. And perhaps it is a necessary evil…
If schemes created and set up with this family of scams are often very funny, the movie is sometimes slow and the plot can be a bit long.