Frybread Face and Me (2023)
November 28, 2023 4:57 PM - Subscribe

Two adolescent Navajo cousins from different worlds bond during a summer herding sheep on their grandmother's ranch in Arizona while learning more about their family's past and themselves.

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Frybread Face and Me is executive produced by Taika Waititi and distributed by Ava DuVernay's Array Releasing, the film from Navajo, Hopi and Laguna Pueblo writer-director Billy Luther releases on Netflix Nov. 24. On the reservation, Benny’s surrounded by his Aunt Lucy (Kahara Hodges), Grandma Lorraine (Sarah Natani), Uncle Marvin (Martin Sensmeier) and cousin Fry (Charley Hogan). The meeting of Benny and Fry is full of awkward tension and comedy, with the duo’s introduction accented by Fry’s Frankensteined doll with a baby head and stuffed animal body, and nicknamed “Jeff Bridges.”

A Review by Alexandra Wittenberg, Navajo-Hopi Observer
Originally Published: November 28, 2023

"Billy Luther could have easily used his 15 years of documentary film making to make an informative piece about frybread, but instead he decided to make a feature film with a girl nicknamed Frybread Face.

In “Frybread Face and Me,” which takes places in 1990, 11-year-old city boy Benny goes to stay with his Diné-only speaking grandmother on her Rez ranch as his parents sort out their divorce. There he meets new-to-him family members, including pudgy-yet-tough 11-year-old cousin Dawn, aka Frybread Face."
posted by pjsky (2 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I really loved this movie. I hope it finds an audience on Netflix. The performances are wonderful, the story is simple but profound. I highly recommend it!
posted by pjsky at 5:00 PM on November 28, 2023 [4 favorites]

I'm so glad you posted about this one--I hadn't heard about it yet, and I instantly put it on my Netflix list! It sounds great.
posted by theatro at 12:11 PM on November 29, 2023 [1 favorite]

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