I don’t feel at home in this world anymore is a sprighty and tone-shifting comedy-drama about suburban neighbourly fears and subsequent reactions to such distress. In it, there’s a suburban community whose system of bureaucracy is rendered useless that Ruth feels like she needs to finally own this world that has led her down…a world where she has found no meaningful existence before and has only the infernal rage after an incident at her own home. I don’t feel at home in this world anymore might seem to proliferate the theme of individual and society. But it is steeped in the act of revenge to the point where any meaningful worldly message is somewhat lost. This feels more like an individual vs society/ us vs them kind of movie that provides nothing more than the conflict itself. Melanie Lynsky and Elijah Wood were really good in this: Lysnky provided the empathy while Wood’s character was subversive. But the film didn’t reach beyond the conflict between Ruth vs her world and I’m left wondering what the significance of such a conflict was.
The best part about this movie was how it was funny in an awkward way. It’s kind of like Pulp Fiction and The Big Lebowski in that both films present comedy in a universe full of interesting and mysterious characters all part of some bigger plot than themselves. The characters take unexpected paths in the carnivalesque and amoral nature of their world, and make peace with some realization at it’s absurdity. Humour and absurdity is balanced nicely with the workings of the world and its gravitas that these films become something more than mere comedy and crime. I don’t feel at home in this world anymore floats on the surface with a great deal of humour but it never makes the protagonist’s situation feel like a part of a bigger picture than her own. It tries to with an array of characters both eccentric and stereotypical, but this tapestry is undermined by what Ruth herself is going through and what she feels is right. There is little complexity in validating Ruth’s revenge throughout most of the film. And save for Ruth and her sidekick Tony, the lack of complexity in the other characters only presents the absurdity of these characters,and not as in Pulp Fiction or The Big Lebowski, the absurdity of the world.
Still, I found the film to be pretty funny. I also liked the two main characters Ruth and Tony, mainly because of their great acting and screen-time, although the screen-time here meant a lack of it to properly develop the world around Ruth. It’s an awkward and refreshing crime-comedy but not something that rises beyond that in significance nor satire.