Q&A with director Alex Ross Perry

Recounting a road trip undertaken by a singularly despicable brother-sister pairing, Alex Ross Perry’s second feature is an astonishing work of pathos and cynical vitriol. The director plays Colin, a racist twentysomething sad sack whose sister, JR (Carlen Altman, the film’s co-writer), is every bit as repulsive, an irrepressible narcissist who aspires to become a weather forecaster on TV. JR asks Colin’s help with retrieving a few belongings she has left behind at her ex’s apartment. The two siblings hit the road and plunge headfirst into a world that is, miraculously, even crueler than they are. The result is a thorough, hilarious, and astounding examination of whether it’s possible to redeem oneself in a world gone ornery.