By Mandela Wells
Netflix has acquired the international streaming rights to the Sundance dramedy “Other People,” which stars Molly Shannon and Jesse Plemons.
First-time director and Saturday Night Live writer Chris Kelly drew on his own experiences with his cancer-stricken mother while writing the movie.
The plot follows a gay comedy writer (Plemons) who comes home to Sacramento to be with his mom (Shannon) following a health crisis.
The film was received positively after its Jan. 21 premiere, with critics going on to say that Shannon could be in consideration for awards season next year in the best-supporting actress category.
The film allowed comedic actress to showcase her dramatic abilities, similar to Sarah Silverman’s performance in “I Smile Back.”
The cast also includes Bradley Whitford, Maude Apatow and J.J. Totah.
Netflix had been very active since Sundance as it it also picked up the rights to “Tallulah,” with Ellen Page, the Iranian horror film “Under the Shadow”, “The Fundamentals of Caring” with Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez, and the Indian sex comedy “Brahman Naman.”
While Variety reported the film is set for a fall release, “Other People” has yet to have an official release date.