15 Best Movies and Performances of 2017 Sundance Film Festival

From fringe-movement docs to a baker's dozen of Cate Blanchetts – these were the films and unforgettable turns that made our festival

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'My Happy Family'
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'My Happy Family'

A left-field gem, this story of a fiftysomething Georgian woman (Ia Shugliashvili, incredible) who decides to leave her husband and live on her own was the stand-out of an unusually strong World Dramatic lineup at Sundance this year. Filmmaking duo Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross favor long takes full of messy, chaotic life and slowly detonating showdowns, as parents, spouses and kids try to convince our heroine to return to the nest; if you wanted an uncut dose of the sound and fury that is family, this was your fix. And then there's Shugliashvili, who hoists the entire film on her stooped shoulders and makes you feel the exhalation that accompanies the character's long-pined-for liberation. A must-see.

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