If you’re still getting your head around the idea of Netflix as a viable distributor of first-run films, 2018 isn’t going to ease you into it. The streaming behemoth has a massive 80 original movies – either developed in-house or acquired at festivals – slated for release next year, nearly doubling this year’s amount. One hopes their worthy but lower-profile offerings don’t get entirely lost in the crush. As it is, I didn’t notice that the Sundance-acclaimed Georgian drama My Happy Family had recently premiered on Netflix until Village Voice critic Bilge Ebiri named it his film of the year, its absence from cinemas notwithstanding.
I’m glad he did – it’s a stunner. Personal and professional partners Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross previously directed the quietly stirring coming-of-age drama In Bloom.