SXSW 2022 review: ‘LINOLEUM’ is an expected journey filled with whimsy.


When a satellite falls from orbit and crashes into the home of a dysfunctional family in suburban Ohio, the father seizes the opportunity to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming an astronaut by re-creating the machine as his own rocket ship. While his wife and daughter believe he is experiencing a midlife crisis, surreal events begin to unfold around him, forcing him to reconsider how interconnected their lives truly are…

In Linoleum, Cameron hosts a small science show for kids called “Above & Beyond.” With his marriage on the verge of divorce, his children, and his job disrespecting him, a strange crash landing in his backyard reignites his aspirations of being an astronaut. But, Linoleum is not what you’re expecting. It’s a manifestation of memory and dreams. 

Rhea Seehorn as Erin is amazing. The nuance of this performance is extraordinary. Take notice of every single beat. Katelyn Bacon plays Nora with sass and innocence that blend to perfection. You cannot help but sit up and pay attention when she’s on-screen. 

Jim Gaffigan is adorable. And yes, I did use that term to describe a grown man. His childlike wonder drives Linoleum‘s tangible whimsy. Do not overlook the emotional journey of this character.

Be on the lookout for the appearances from Tony Shalhoub and Michael Ian Black. The score is light and sweet, perfectly setting the tone for a film that pulls at our grown-up heartstrings. Linoleum is ultimately more complex than you’ll see coming. Filled with surprises, writer-director Colin West has given SXSW22 audiences something special. It’s a bit of a wonder. Linoleum begs multiple viewings.

SXSW 2022


Colin West

Executive Producer:

Gabrielle Nadig


Chad Simpson, Dennis Masel, Chadd Harbold


Colin West


Ed Wu


Keara Burton

Production Designer:

Mollie Wartelle

Sound Designer:

Arjun Sheth


Mark Hadley

Principal Cast:

Jim Gaffigan, Rhea Seehorn, Katelyn Nacon, Gabriel Rush, Amy Hargreaves, West Duchovny, Michael Ian Black, Tony Shalhoub, Elisabeth Henry, Roger Hendricks Simon

Additional Credits:

Colorist: Alastor Arnold, Co-Producer: Derek Rubin, Casting Director: Jessica Sherman, Art Director: Kaili Corcoran, First Assistant Director: Dayna Schutz, UPM: Marie Bardi, Sound Mixer: Jose Ramirez, Stunts: Corey Pierno, Gaffer: Chad Dougherty, Costume Designer: July Rose White


About Liz Whittemore

Liz grew up in northern Connecticut and was memorizing movie dialogue from Shirley Temple to A Nightmare on Elm Street at a very early age. She will watch just about any film all the way through (no matter how bad) just to prove a point. A loyal New Englander, a lover of Hollywood, and true inhabitant of The Big Apple.

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