Held together by a gripping lead performance from Elisabeth Moss, opening at The Ross on Friday, May 3, HER SMELL is challenging and admittedly uneven, but ultimately worth the effort. More loudly stylized than his earlier films, “HER SMELL” is visceral nightmare from the moment it starts; if the script evokes John Cassavetes, the aesthetic seems more inspired by Gaspar Noé. –David Ehrlich, IndieWire Elisabeth Moss turns in a five-alarm blaze of a performance as a frontwoman who makes Courtney Love look like Mother Teresa. –Peter Sellers, Rolling Stone Moss varies the volume and the tempo of her performance, calling forth cascades of profane invention and rills of whispery poetry, but she always stays in the same key, the key of Becky. –A.O. Scott, The New York Times HER SMELL is showing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, May 3 through Thursday, May 16. Show times are available at www.TheRoss.org, by consulting your newspaper, or by calling the MRRMAC film information line at 402.472.5353. The Motion Picture Association of America has rated HER SMELL R (for language throughout and some drug use). This program is being presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Becky Something (Elisabeth Moss) is a '90s punk rock superstar who once filled arenas with her grungy all female trio Something She. Now she plays smaller venues while grappling with motherhood, exhausted band mates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom. When Becky's chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success. Anchored by a towering, unflinching performance from Golden Globe and Emmy winner Moss, and supported by a stellar ensemble cast, HER SMELL examines the grit, grace, and gravitas of an unforgettable fictional rock star crashing down to earth into the harsh realities of mid-life. With his incendiary and deeply humane sixth feature, writer-director Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip, Golden Exits) pumps up the volume and shines a light on the terrifying moment when superstardom wanes and quiet becomes the new loud.