Catfight

Catfight

(2016)

A reunion between university chums played by Sandra Oh and Anne Heche sparks a no-holds-barred war of attrition in this outrageous black comedy.... More

"One-time college pals Veronica (Oh) and Ashley (Heche) run into each other at a party. The women, now in their forties and having not seen each other since school, find that their lives have taken radically different paths. Ashley is barely scraping by as a painter of politically charged canvases, while Veronica is married to a wealthy businessman who's about to profit hugely off yet another US-led war in the Middle East.

"Within minutes of their reunion, a rivalry is revived, old wounds are torn open, and a Manhattan stairwell becomes home to a woman-on-woman brawl. Over the course of five years and three bloody, bone-crushing rounds, Catfight's formidable adversaries will lose everything they cherish, and rail furiously as their fortunes are subject to wild reversals." (Toronto International Film Festival)Hide

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Catfight is by no means a perfect movie: the tone wavers occasionally, the political subtext is sharp in places but wincingly obvious in others, and if you need to "like" the characters you're watching in order to feel for them, then you've come to the wrong place. But if you like your comedy black and bitter as burnt coffee, it's a must-see. Sandra Oh and Anne Heche give strong performances, each getting to play pathetic victim and unapologetic bitch alike, and successfully pushing our buttons... More as both. The story's playful, joke-like structure, juxtaposed against serious existential pain and mythically predestined ultra-violence, reminded me more of South Korean thrillers than any recent Hollywood comedy (I mean this as a compliment). Catfight's heavy punch mightn't quite be concentrated enough to deliver a clean KO but it wins the match on points.Hide


The Press Reviews

  • ...an acquired taste for sure, but the movie and its must-see performances are so far out there they virtually guarantee a certain cult cachet. Full Review

  • Catfight will turn off many from the outset (there were many walkouts during the screening I attended) but its strange combination of brutal physical comedy and pitch black satire make it an oddity worth fighting over. Full Review

  • The absurdist use of fisticuffs in Onur Tukel's extremely independent Catfight is unnerving, strangely hilarious - and, whether you accept it or not, meaningful. Full Review

  • It has a certain outlandish purity of purpose which Heche and Oh follow through on with demonic intensity, making for a film that's just as hard to embrace as it is to dismiss. Full Review

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