Paul Harrill’s debut feature film ‘Something, Anything’ is a small indie film with massive ambition and one of the true gems of this year’s festival circuit.
The story opens on the perfect American dream being lived by Peggy (a remarkable performance by relative-unknown Ashley Shelton). She has it all - the well-paid job, the perfect husband, the stunning house, a baby on the way and a large circle of outwardly-supportive friends - before tragedy strikes and turns her ordered life upside down.
It’s all set up for a well-meaning but dull journey of self-discovery and spiritual enrichment.
Instead the film embarks on a far more realistically messy path - with Peggy questioning every facet of what she has been told to strive for by her peer group, American media and Western society.
In doing so it bravely tackles several sacred cows of modern life seldom challenged by mainstream movies, most satisfyingly taking a pot shot at the notion that a life without procreation is somehow a waste.
There’s also time for some admirably unmawkish spiritual dabblings before an ending as perfect as it is unexpected.