BLOW THE MAN DOWN – Review by MaryAnn Johanson
How do women manage the crimes and misdemeanors of men? How do women survive them? There is no one answer: there are many answers, and varied ones… and sometimes the tough but rational choices women make in situations in which they have little power or autonomy bump up against the tough but rational choices made by other women in similar straits.
This thorny knot of competing motives and pragmatic morality is at the heart of the quietly savage and occasionally weirdly funny Blow the Man Down. With their feature debut, writer-directors Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy give the crime-noir genre a radical, feminist rethink the likes of which I cannot recall seeing before, and the simmering anger, nay, the ferocity of which only becomes apparent the further down the rabbit hole of small-town interpersonal politics we tumble herein. Continue reading…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Blow the Man Down is AWFJ’s Movie of the Week for March 20, 2020