The 15th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival continues to screen fine examples of independent cinema. Today, Paul Weitz's film "Grandma" will be screened for film lovers. Elle Reid is a self-described misanthrope who has recently broken up with her girlfriend. Suddenly, her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up, needing $600 by the end of the day. Temporarily broken due to the difficult break-up, Elle and Sage spend the day trying to find the money as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames causes them to unearth forgotten mysteries and secrets.
Actress Lily Tomlin's famously impeccable timing and whiplash wit are in delightfully top form here, and complementing the geared-up narrative is super-sharp dialogue. Rising young star Julia Garner keeps up with Tomlin, while Marcia Gay Harden deliciously plays the mother, the only person who can temper Tomlin's loud mouth. Starring Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox and Sam Elliott, "Grandma" was directed by Paul Weitz.