#TIFF19: “WHITE LIE”
Review by Amanda Gilmore for Mr. Will Wong
Katie (TIFF ’19 Rising Star Kacey Rohl) has become the poster girl around her school campus after lying about being diagnosed with cancer. But how long can this fabrication continue when someone may know the truth?
Co-Directors and Writers Calvin Thomas and Yonah Lewis have created a female protagonist who’s hard to route for. Although Katie is doing the unthinkable Thomas and Lewis have brought in themes are fame and social media to help us understand why she’s doing what she’s doing. It’s a mix of those themes and Rohl’s vulnerable and stunning performance which allow the audience to often sympathize with the despicable things she does.
White Lie screens at TIFF on Sat, Sep 7 at TIFF Bell Lightbox at 3 PM and Fri, Sep 13 at Scotiabank Theatre at 6:30 PM.