"an absorbing watch that tackles love, life and ageing with gleeful wit – an insightful testament for more diversified roles"
Paul Weitz’s acerbically feisty Grandma is a punchy indie comedy-drama that explores a multitude of affectingly contemporary themes with pragmatic sincerity.
Lily Tomlin shines as 75 year old Elle Reid, a radically irascible feminist poet who has just astringently dumped her current younger girlfriend Olivia (Judy Greer) in a stinging exchange of wounding truths. On the back of this emotional disruption, Elle’s curly mopped teenage granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner) shows up unannounced. She timidly requests an instant loan of $600 - the modern rate for a hastily needed abortion.
Temporarily broke due to debt repayments and numerous credit cards being turned into a fully-fledged wind chime, Elle and Sage hit the road in search of much needed cash. Neglected acquaintances and former flames are visited in turn during the soul searching road trip, digging up many skeletons along the way, leading to repressed tensions boiling to the surface.
Shot in a minimal time frame of just 19 days on a micro budget, this effervescent tale clocks in with a lean running time of 79 minutes. Heralding a career best and awards worthy performance from Tomlin, Grandma is an absorbing watch that tackles love, life and ageing with gleeful wit – an insightful testament for more diversified roles.