I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

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I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
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Film poster
Directed byMacon Blair
Written byMacon Blair
Produced by
  • Mette-Marie Kongsved
  • Neil Kopp
  • Vincent Savino
CinematographyLarkin Seiple
Edited byTomas Vengris
Music by
  • Brooke Blair
  • Will Blair
Distributed byNetflix
Release dates
  • January 19, 2017 (2017-01-19) (Sundance)
  • February 24, 2017 (2017-02-24) (United States)
Running time
96 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (often stylized I don't feel at home in this world anymore.) is a 2017 American comedy thriller film written and directed by Macon Blair in his directorial debut. It stars Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, David Yow, Jane Levy and Devon Graye. The film's title originates from an old gospel song "I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore", which was popularised by country singers Carter Family and Woody Guthrie.

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2017; it went on to win the Grand Jury Prize for the U.S. Dramatic competition.[2] It was released by Netflix on 24 February 2017.


Nursing assistant Ruth returns home from a bad day at work to find she has been burgled. She reports to the police that the thief has stolen her medication, her grandmother's silverware and a laptop computer. When she asks Detective William Bendix for advice, he merely chastises her for leaving her door unlocked. Ruth asks her neighbors if they saw anything suspicious; one of them, Tony, becomes enraged that someone would target a neighbor. When a mobile app reveals the location of her laptop and the police refuse to do anything, she enlists Tony's help.

Ruth and Tony go to the location, where Ruth intimidates the owner into returning her laptop. He claims that he bought it from a fence who operates a resale shop. Ruth and Tony investigate the shop the next morning, where they find the stolen silverware and a man whose shoe matches a print left in her yard. Ruth gets into a scuffle with the owner when he demands she pay for the stolen silverware, and after he breaks her finger, Tony knocks him unconscious, at which point the two flee.

Tony, having recorded the license plate number on the thief's van, researches it and learns that it is registered to someone named Christian Rumack. Ruth and Tony impersonate cops at the address belonging to the van, where a woman named Meredith lets them inside. She reveals that the owner of the van, her husband Chris, is not the one who uses the van; it is instead her step-son, who was given the van by his father. Chris Senior returns home abruptly with his bodyguard Cesar. Ruth states that she only wants to confront Christian about his behavior, but Chris taunts her for her idealism and kicks them out. As they leave, Ruth steals lawn art from Chris and Meredith. Disillusioned with Ruth's behavior, Tony goes back to his house, leaving Ruth alone.

Christian and his friends, Marshall and Dez, watch from the side, calling off their intended robbery of Chris. They send Christian to confront Ruth about what she knows about them. He surprises her inside her home, and she crushes his windpipe in self-defense. As he staggers into the street, a bus strikes and kills him. Marshall and Dez kidnap Ruth, forcing her to take Christian's place in their heist. Ruth gains them entry into the mansion, where Meredith and Cesar are held at gunpoint and told to summon Chris. A battle ensues, during which Tony comes to Ruth's aid and is badly wounded; Cesar, Chris, and Dez are killed; and Meredith escapes. Ruth and Tony flee into the woods behind the mansion, with Marshall close behind. Ruth hides Tony under some foliage, then attacks Marshall by throwing rocks at him, and his sudden movements cause him to be bitten by a water moccasin. Panicked that she cannot find Tony on her way back, Ruth sees her grandmother's ghost point her in the correct direction.

Grateful that Ruth saved her life, Meredith neglects to identify her as one of the burglars to Bendix. Ruth returns to her daily life with Tony, who survived his wounds.


Writer and director Macon Blair makes a cameo appearance as a man Ruth meets at a bar. The movie is dedicated "For Lee & Buck." (Lee Eddy who played Angie and Buck Eddy-Blair who played young Ruth.)

Macon Blair's mother, Robin Blair, plays the role of Grandma Sally in the film.[3]


In April 2016, it was announced Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood had been cast in the film, with Macon Blair writing and directing the film.[4][5][6]

Principal photography began in April 2016, in Portland, Oregon.[7][8]


The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2017.[9] It received a worldwide release on February 24, 2017, streaming exclusively on Netflix.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 89% based on 62 reviews, with an average rating of 7.4/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore transcends its unwieldy title to offer timely, intoxicatingly dark observations on gender dynamics and social norms in modern America."[11] On Metacritic, the film has a 75 out of 100 rating, based on 15 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[12]


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
Austin Film Critics Association January 8, 2018 Best First Film Macon Blair Nominated [13]
Austin Film Award Won [14]
Gotham Independent Film Awards November 27, 2017 Best Actress Melanie Lynskey Nominated [15]
Sundance Film Festival January 28, 2017 Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic Macon Blair Won [16]


  1. ^ "Printable Film Guide" (PDF). Sundance Film Festival. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  2. ^ "2017 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners" (PDF). Sundance Film Festival Official Site. Sundance Organization. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 June 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Robin Blair". IMDb. Retrieved May 30, 2020.
  4. ^ Schmidlin, Charlie (April 15, 2016). "Elijah Wood on What It's Like to Work with Nicolas Cage on 'The Trust'". Vice. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  5. ^ "Macon Blair". Digesis Magazine. May 3, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  6. ^ "Macon Blair". Filmmaker Magazine. 25 July 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  7. ^ Turnquist, Kristi (April 12, 2016). "Elijah Wood's in Portland -- where should he visit?". Oregon Live. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  8. ^ Spitz, Enid (April 14, 2016). "The New Elijah Wood Movie Is Filming in NoPo Tonight". wweek.com. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  9. ^ Patten, Dominic (December 5, 2016). "Sundance 2017: Robert Redford, New Rashida Jones Netflix Series, 'Rebel In The Rye' & More On Premiere, Docu, Midnight & Kids Slates". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  10. ^ "Netflix Announces Slate of Original Films, Documentaries and Series at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival". The Futon Critic. December 5, 2016. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  11. ^ "I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  12. ^ "i don't feel at home in this world anymore. Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  13. ^ Neglia, Matt (December 30, 2017). "The 2017 Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA) Nominations". nextbestpicture.com. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  14. ^ "2017 Austin Film Critics Award Winners". AustinFilmCritics.org. Archived from the original on January 9, 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  15. ^ Erbland, Kate (19 October 2017). "'Get Out' Leads 2017 Gotham Awards Nominations". IndieWire. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  16. ^ Debruge, Peter (January 28, 2017). "Sundance Winners: 'I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore,' 'Dina' Top Festival Awards". Variety. Retrieved September 24, 2018.

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