Kajilyanayar | Director: Miranda July
Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Richard Jenkins, Debra Winger, Geena Rodriguez
Duration: 1 hour 44 minutes | Language: English
Miranda’s latest film from July, Cajillionaire, begins with the story of a young woman who is born into a family and ends up embracing a family of her choice. Calling the Dines a family is, in itself, a bit of a stretch. Twenty-five-year-old Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood) was raised by her father, Robert (Richard Jenkins), and mother, Teresa (Debra Winger), not as a daughter, but as accomplices in their petty crimes. All three lead off-the-grid lives from one robbery to another. The Dines have no home, no office, where they rest in the double cubicles of bedrooms between robberies. On the other side of the office is a soap factory. Three times a day, pink foam flows down from the walls. So, Dines integrates their watches with mops and buckets to cover trouble.
Cajillionaire’s pink soapy surface hides a strong sense of humor about how we value value in an abandoned society. Old Dolio grew up believing that all relationships are for business. Everything is a three way split between her family. This is a fair division of the spoils – just like making sure the old dollie never gets damaged. Equity is considered stubborn but denies the possibility of closeness.
Robert and Theresa were once active participants in the community, and they would turn their backs on the community. The strategy of overcoming the consumer class became their new way of life, and Robert clearly established its principles, and Theresa played ally because of loyalty or delusion. Perhaps, there is no difference between the two. For Old Dolio, it was the only way of life she had ever known. She needs an outsider to understand and clarify the inadequacy of her family. In the midst of a lost luggage scandal, Dines Ocean meets the fungus Melanie (Gina Rodriguez). Bringing her into the group as a fourth member creates a rift in the domestic unit.
Do not be fooled by the title of the movie. However, pirates do not come with seaweed stocks. The film begins with a post office robbery, where Old Dolio steals everything he can get his hands on from his mailboxes with his long arms. The loot, which includes a teddy and tie, will not earn them more than a handful of dollars. Exchange-and-refund scams and check scams do not even give them enough income to pay long-term rent for their office / home. If Robert and Theresa drop Old Dolio to avoid surveillance cameras and roll and twist the body, it is a tactic of control rather than precision in planning. The couple clings to their daughter, starving for recognition. Robert, at one point, tries to convince an elderly racist that they are being robbed, that Old Dolio is their adopted daughter and that Melanie is their chosen daughter. What he tells her is not the only thing that hurts.
Poor Old Dolio bears it all. Dressed in a baggy track suit that resembles a uniform, she hides behind long waist-length hair. A face of loneliness from parted hair. When Angel Olsen sings a cover of “Mr. Lonely”, the octaves swallow you up in her indescribable alienation. Her shoulders droop a little, and for so long she had been tired of carrying the burden of their lifestyle. As if not needing the help of too many words, she often speaks in tight monosyllabic letters. Robert is proud of how she learned to make fake signatures before learning to write. Raised by parents who value work more than kinship, she has attachment problems that make a person’s touch frighten her.
Reaching out to Melanie opens Old Dolio’s eyes to a world she’s never known and gives her the courage to break free from the clutches of her family. One of the first things she does when she gets a little freedom is to fill the supermarket with a variety of candies that we understand about her emotional age. check out. While living with Melanie, she is slowly coming of age. She thus adapts to herself and her queer identity. When they fall in love, she also understands what family and home mean. It is a safe place. It feels like someone. This is the morning pancakes. It dances without judgment.
At a crucial moment in the film, Old Dolio gets his first taste of a working family. Four busy friends rob the house of a dying old man. As they try to escape, the old man encourages them to continue the robbery so that he can enjoy the illusion of being surrounded by family. All four agree to play together. Mom Dine cooks in the kitchen. Papa Dine watches TV. Melanie plays the piano. Old Dolio also buys himself into the illusion of what unfamiliar scenes of home are. She is a woman who rejoices in confusion because she first reconsiders her whole worldview. In those moments, following a disappointing removal, July unleashes his own daring theft: something deceptively emotional.
Cajillionaire is now available for purchase and rent on BookMyShow Stream.