For Patricia Dombrowski (Danielle Macdonald), life doesn’t come easy. Living in a run-down district of New Jersey, she helps providing for her alcoholic mother and her ill, albeit feisty, grandmother by doing various shifts at tedious jobs. She is also known as Patti Cake$, o Killa P., when she is rapping, a passion for which she is undeniably gifted. Fortunately, she is not alone in her pursuit of becoming a rap artist: Jheri, her RnB-loving pharmacist friend, and Bob, a nihilist metalhead with a big heart and a talent for beats, are there to support her. On top of the usual difficulties of making a name for yourself in the music world, “Patti” has to deal with her body image and the disapproval of her mother, a woman who was also gifted with an incredible voice and yet, was unable to make it as a rock singer. But nothing is going to stop Patti from chasing her dream.
Writer-filmmaker and music video director Geremy Jasper stunned the audience with his debut feature. After doing the festival circuit, including Palm Springs and Seattle, and receiving a nomination at this year’s edition of the Independent Spirit Awards, Patti Cake$ arrives at Americana as possibly the surprise of the year. It’s a universal story with an exquisite subtlety that has both the ability to be profoundly moving while making the viewer feel sincere empathy for its characters. Featuring a fantastic cast of actors offering incredibly natural performances, an excellent score composed by Jason Binnick and an original plot, Patti Cake$ is an uplifting movie about overcoming adversity.
2017: Sundance Film Festival
2017: Cannes Film Festival
2018: Nominated for best first feature – Independent Spirit Awards
2017: Top-10 – National Board of Review
2017: Audience Awards – Berkshire Film festival
2017: Best feature – Seattle Film Festival.