Jill (Jocelyn DeBoer) is a housewife and a mother. She lives in a big house in the suburbs with her husband Nick who has a good job. She is also friends with Lisa (Dawn Luebbe) and other soccer moms from the neighborhood. However, this perfect 1950s American way of life is just an excuse to explore the absurd: everyone wears braces, the only mode of transport are golf carts, couples always wear matching outfits and members of the family are “interchangeable”. On top of it all, a killer is on the prowl for new victims in the neighborhood. This spiral into madness is paired with supersaturated aesthetics and a score as piercing as the film’s humor. The bizarreness of it all provides a space where the sharpest and most crushing criticism fits into a social future that is not that random or unimaginable.
Greener Grass premiered at Sundance in 2019 and left its mark at all the festivals where it was screened, thanks to the boldness of its directors-writers-lead actresses, Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe. Based on the 2015 short film of the same name, Greener Grass was made into a feature film that is surely one of the most imaginative and weird movies of the year.
2019: Independent Spirit Awards – Nominated Best First Screenplay
2019: Atlanta Film Festival – Best feature and cinematography
2019: Locarno Film Festival
2019: Sitges Film Festival
Runtime: 95 min
Direction: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe
Screenplay: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe
Cinematography: Lowell A. Meyer
OST: Samuel Nobles
Cast: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe, Beck Bennett