In the film Natural Selection, Linda (played by Rachel Harris) is a sheltered housewife living in a loveless marriage with her repressed, staunch Christian husband. With her husband on his death bed, she sets out to find his estranged, illegitimate son and bring him back for a reconciliation. She doesn’t know what she’s gotten herself into.
The film, directed by Texan Robbie Pickering, swept the 2011 SXSW Narrative Feature category, taking home both the Grand Jury and the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature, Best Screenplay (Pickering), Breakthrough Performance (Rachael Harris and Matt O’Leary), Best Score and Best Editing. It also snagged Best First Feature and Best Actress nominations at the Independent Spirit Awards.
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Natural Selection is part of the Sundance Screening Room, a collection of the best finds from the film festival circuit. Times vary. Sundance Cinemas, 510 Texas. For information, call 713-223-3456 or visit www.sundancecinemas.com. $10.50 to $13.50.
March 30-April 5, 2012