Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter ★★★½

a suicidally depressed young woman crafts a fantasy to escape a misogynistic, withholding world in which she seems to disappoint everyone. the quiet bending of truth here, both in terms of incident and its discomfiting humor, serves as a comment both on the unreal fabric of the Coens' "source material" and the way we often unconsciously (or not) form our lives into narratives. this one actually does have its roots in reality, but while it subtly alludes to actual events, the entire point is that this is a better story.