The 20 Best Performances of Sundance 2016

Rachel Griffiths, Mammal: Griffiths is one of the most subtle actresses working today, and her performance helps ground Rebecca Daly’s gritty drama about a Dublin woman who learns of her estranged son’s death and takes in a tough, homeless street kid almost as a way to make up for it. That’s a premise that could easily go off the rails. Mammal isn’t the kind of somber, soft movie that dances around the thorny issues at play, but rather one mired in blood, guts, anguish, violence, and sex, and it takes a couple of big, bold narrative turns. But Griffiths, with her terse, tense presence and her physicality, helps sell the melodrama. 


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