In the dark Russian comedy Why Don’t You Just Die!, young Matvey loves his girlfriend, but the first time meeting her parents didn’t go too well. In fact, her father Andrey completely despises him and would never approve of marriage. Matvey decides Andrey is an obstacle that must be eliminated, and prepares to enter his apartment with a hammer to bludgeon him to death. Andrey is equally hungry to murder Matvey! And so they spend most of the film’s runtime taking swings at each other.
Originally, Arrow had a theatrical tour scheduled for Why Don’t You Just Die! that would have started on April 10. But the merciless forces of nature had other plans, and so the movie will debut on demand first. The new date of release is April 20.
“Despite our exaggerated use of genre tropes and all the flashy effects, Why Don’t You Just Die! remains, for me, an incredibly personal and sincere story,” explains writer/director Kirill Sokolov. “The film’s inherent violence is the result of reflection on the realities of life in Russia, modern relationships, and societal attitudes. The gallows humor which pervades the film is the only true reaction whatsoever to all of this. The film is intended as an emotional rollercoaster, making the audience laugh, cry, and laugh again – but then immediately feel a sense of unease for having laughed.”
Arow has provided us with an advance clip, the opening scene from Why Don’t You Just Die! Check it out, followed by the official trailer, and see what you think. The movie itself comes to digital April 20.