Ricky D'Ambrose, USA 2021
The Cathedral is an only child’s meditative, impressionistic account of a catholic middle-class family and their struggles through the personal and financial upheavals of life in the 1980s and 1990s in the US. Although the main actions of the film take place off-screen, an epic and gruesome family drama unfolds.
As reviewer Morris Yang describes the viewing experience nicely: “watching The Cathedral feels akin to flipping through a family album, examining the foundations, structures, and seams of its territorial existence, undergirding a nation’s fraying cultural and ideological centre”. Meanwhile, the film also has some really nice dark and awkward comedic elements. Almost a bit Lanthimos-like.