The rivalry between two former friends- Veronica (Sandra Oh) and Ashley (Anne Heche) - comes to an extreme fracas when they both attend the same glamorous event.
The women, now in their forties and having not seen each other since school, find that their lives have taken radically different paths. Ashley is barely scraping by as a painter of politically charged canvases, while Veronica is married to a wealthy businessman who’s about to profit hugely off yet another US-led war in the Middle East.
Within minutes of their reunion, a rivalry is revived, old wounds are torn open, and a Manhattan stairwell becomes home to a woman-on-woman brawl the likes of which are seldom seen outside of martial-arts epics. And now the gloves are off. Over the course of five years and three bloody, bone-crushing rounds, Catfight‘s formidable adversaries will lose everything they cherish, and rail furiously as their fortunes are subject to wild reversals.
The absurdist use of fisticuffs in Onur Tukel’s extremely independent Catfight is unnerving, strangely hilarious — and, whether you accept it or not, meaningful. VANITY FAIR
Onur Tukel doesn’t disappoint with this broad satire of American politics and wealth disparity. THE FILM STAGE
Catfight will turn off many from the outset (there were many walkouts during the screening I attended) but its strange combination of brutal physical comedy and pitch black satire make it an oddity worth fighting over. THE GUARDIAN