Watch at Home: ‘Them That Follow’ & more from female filmmakers

Alice Englert and Walton Goggins appear in Them That Follow by Britt Poulton and Daniel Savage. Photo by Julius Chiu

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services.

Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 11/1/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):

DANIELLE’S TOP PICK OF THE WEEK

This week’s selection is Them That FollowFrom the outside looking in, the religious community that is depicted in Them That Follow could otherwise be understood to be a cult.

Mara (Alice Englert) and Dilly (Kaitlyn Dever) are friends.  They live in a snake-handling Pentecostal community run by Mara’s dad, the fiery Pastor Lemuel (Walter Goggins).  Every now and then, they go to the local convenient store where Hope (Olivia Colman) works.  Much against her dad’s dismay, Mara has an interest in Hope’s son, Augie (Thomas Mann).  Her dad would rather fix her up with Garrett (Lewis Pullman).

These relationships allow us to examine life in this community.  It’s not a community that I would live in but to each their own.  The third act displays some cringe-worthy material on screen because of Augie’s fate.  I’m warning you now especially if you have a fear of snakes.  The community pastor is so strict that rules must be followed.  If you break the rules, you will be punished.

Poulton and Savage focus their story on a pastor’s daughter.  It sounds like it’s a cliche but it truly is the best way to question these ideas.  By placing the focus on his daughter, she’s able to how her dad could be wrong in beliefs.  What better way to show this than by having a love triangle at the center of attention.  There’s a country song right there but I don’t know if they listen to country music.

You can read my full review here.

© Danielle Solzman (11/1/19) FF2 Media

Featured photos from Them That Follow EPK
Photo Credits: Julius Chiu

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