Director Karyn Kusama burst onto the scene with her 2000 boxing movie, Girlfight, which also launched the career of a then-unknown Michelle Rodriguez. Her new film, The Invitation, is a different beast altogether: It’s a slow-burning thriller in which, by very deliberate design, you never quite know who to believe. Should we trust Will, the man attending the dinner party of his ex-wife and their friends, plus a few new folks she picked up in Mexico? Or should we trust everyone else, who just thinks Will needs to relax? Vulture caught up with Kusama to talk about building suspense without blowing things up, populating a movie with emotional trauma, and the difficulty of funding films while female.
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