Since Frownland (2007), director Ronald Bronstein’s divisive and darkly comic character study of a New York door-to-door salesman who alienates everyone he encounters, the best American independent films have tended to revolve around protagonists whose surly demeanor gets them relegated to the margins of society. Drew Tobia’s See You Next Tuesday (2013) deals with an impoverished, pregnant store clerk, the Safdie Brothers’ Heaven Knows What (2014) with destitute heroin addicts, and in both cases their revolting character traits are tempered by the wretched hands they’ve been dealt. These unsavory antiheroes aren’t exactly pleasant to be around, but their dire circumstances win them some sympathy, revealing their outlandish, destructive, and occasionally dangerous behaviors as by-products of an unfair system. Continue reading >>