The movie “Sorry, Haters” will certainly not be to everyone’s liking. I viewed it recently on the recommendation of one of our regular patrons who watches a lot of movies, and whose taste I trust.
The rather cryptic title refers to the title of a TV show that is mentioned in the course of the movie—a reality show about celebrities reveling in their materialism. Robin Wright plays Phoebe and Abdellatif Kechiche plays Ashade, a Syrian taxi driver in New York who takes Wright on a very long ride to New Jersey at the beginning of the movie. Wright’s Phoebe is a mysterious character carrying a lot of cash, and as the movie progresses we don’t get the chance to fully understand her but certainly know that she is not a nice person.
In the course of the movie—which uses the fears of post-9/11 New York as a strong plot device—events are not always what they seem, and I don’t think I’m giving too much away to say that the story goes out of its way to be unconventional and shocking in keeping the viewer’s attention. I’m always one for well-crafted endings (which are not always the same as happy endings, which are fine as long as they’re not forced or phony), but this one may not be to everyone’s liking. I’ll leave it at that, since I don’t want to be a spoiler. But if you like independent movies—and this is certainly that, including the graininess of the film (video?) it was shot on, you should give it a try. Feel free to leave a comment if you do!
Posted by: David