Blow the Man Down (2019)
IMDb rating: 6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 99%
Mary Beth and Priscilla Connelly have just had to bury their mother and are each grieving in their own ways. Priscilla (Sophie Lowe) is determined to keep the family’s seafood shop running and to live in the home where they grew up, while the more free-spirited Mary Beth (Morgan Saylor) is hightailing it out of Easter Cove as soon as she can. But first she stops at the local bar for one last drink.
And that’s where it starts getting weird, and dangerous. Faced with having to dispose of a man’s body puts the sisters in the spotlight of law enforcement, and to cover their tracks and make sure they get away with the crime, they come up against the town’s formidable matriarchs, played by Margo Martindale, June Squibb and Annette O’Toole, who have their own secrets they’re invested in protecting.
In a writing and directorial debut by Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy, Blow the Man Down offers a dark and humorous look at a matriarchal society that is rife with mystery, and where everyone is a pawn in a game they don’t even know they’re playing.
Washington Post describes it as “a smashing feature debut with a film that obeys the most cherished crime-thriller conventions while infusing them with just the right amount of stylization and personal commentary”, and that it “cuts deliciously deep”.