A self-portrait about a young woman in L.A. moving between houses that don’t feel like home. Lauren Rothery directs “Matter,” a stylish autobiography that begins in sadness & confusion, and searches for a change of heart. A posh older gentleman narrates her inner thoughts — a melange of dislikes and anxieties. Her time in L.A. seems to be an endless carousel; she wants a place to call her own. She wants to be a character in a film; wants her life to matter. Some days are quiet and meandering. Others are filled with friends and their imperfections. And so it goes. As with her previous work, Rothery delivers a poetic, ethereal atmosphere with lovely images and a heavy sense of longing. Her 2016 film, “Shelly,” is still one of our all-time favorites, and she followed that up with “This is Alice,” another artful character study, both starring her sister, Maddison Rothery. -KA.
Writer, Director, Editor, Herself: Lauren Rothery. Producer: Becky Hearn. DP: Dominic Haydn Rawle. Narrator: Paul Michael. Sound Mix & Design: Calvin Pia. Mastered: Giovanni Versari. Color Grade: Aleks Ver.