Fantasia: Bitch takes us on a ride

Marianne Palka, actress-writer-director director of Bitch.

Selected for the 2017 Fantasia International Film Festival, Bitch is a dark comedy that takes us on a wild ride as lonely housewife begins acting like a dog.

Written and directed by Marianna Palka, the thriller stars Jason Ritter, Marianna Palka, Jaime King, Brighton Sharbino, Rio Mangini, Kingston Foster, Jason Maybaum, with Caroline Aaron and Bill Smitrovich.

The film starts out with Jill (Palka) going through with what turns into a failed suicide attempt.  Her husband Bill (Ritter) is cheating her with a co-worker but he doesn’t even bother to realize what’s going on with her life.  Jill ends up breaking down and is assumed missing but she’s just in the basement where she’s taken on the persona of a dog.

The whole crisis effects Bill as he brings in Jill’s sister, Beth (King), to help take care of his four kids.  Bill may have been a workaholic at the start of the film but the ordeal helps him grow as a character.  He doesn’t want to put Jill in a mental ward.

A Sundance selection earlier this year, Bitch also played in May during the Chicago Critics Film Festival.  Dark Sky Films is expected to release Bitch later this year.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

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