A kaleidoscopic film portrait of Shelly Brown, a twenty-three-year-old alienated urban misfit recently released from a psychiatric hospital. This absorbing character study features a startlingly raw performance from Stella Schnabel as an aspiring actress who drifts through a series of meaningless sexual encounters, failed auditions, and public breakdowns, repeatedly lashing out at the world she struggles to comprehend. You Won’t Miss Me employs an elliptical, fragmented narrative, while creating a truly singular and unpredictable portrait and also showcases a variety of cinematic techniques (16mm, Super 8, and digital video formats), that show us the kind of character rarely depicted on screen. This extraordinary film gives pathos to the frenzy of the youthful desire for acceptance and like an updated version of Cassavetes’ A Woman Under the Influence, You Won’t Miss Me astutely taps into the psychology of a frustrated generation.
Directed by Ry Russo-Young, U. S.A., 2009. 81 mins.