#TIFF19: “THE REST OF US”
Review by David Baldwin for Mr. Will Wong
Cami (Heather Graham) and her teenage daughter Aster (Sophie Nélisse) live in the country and have a contentious relationship. When Aster’s estranged father dies, the pair drive to the funeral and encounter his new wife Rachel (Jodi Balfour) and their daughter Tallulah (Abigail Pniowsky). When Cami discovers that they are about to be evicted from their home, she invites them to stay with her and Aster.
That may sound like the set-up to the worst Sitcom ever made, but Director Aisling Chin-Yee and Writer Alanna Francis’ debut Feature is anything but hilarious. It does have some funny moments, but the majority of the Film feels instead like an intimate character study about grief, loss, acceptance and above all, family. It makes for very strong, very tight filmmaking that does not overstay its welcome, yet somehow remains substantially-awkward for the entire Film. The core cast is excellent in their roles, bringing a real lived-in quality to all four generations of women. While some of the conflicts the group go through seem overly manufactured (including a twist that feels tacked on for the sake of escalating tension), others feel very real with how emotionally eviscerating and heartbreaking they quickly become.
THE REST OF US screens during TIFF at the following times:
Friday September 6, 6:30pm @ Winter Garden Theatre [World Premiere]
Monday September 9, 7:30pm @ Scotiabank Theatre
#TIFF19: DAY TWO – JESSICA BIEL, SUSAN SARANDON, HEATHER GRAHAM, RAINN WILSON + MORE
Rain and the cold can’t stop us! While this has been one of the chillier editions of TIFF ever, the show must still go on! Lots of amazing sightings as the Festival gets ready to hit a high-point this weekend! See the snaps!
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THE REST OF US – Press Stop
LIMETOWN – Premiere
DADS– Press Stop
I AM WOMAN – Press Stop
BLACKBIRD – Press Stop
JUST MERCY – Afterparty x Press Stop
A big thanks to CBC for the lovely chat with Gill Deacon, despite the rain! Always a pleasure chatting TIFF, rain or shine!
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)
#TIFF13: ENTER TO WIN A DOUBLE PASS TO SEE “HORNS” STARRING DANIEL RADCLIFFE
Great news! Our Friends at VVS Films want you to have a chance to see HORNS before everybody else! Daniel Radcliffe will be taking over Toronto this TIFF with not one, not two but THREE Films at the Festival, and HORNS surely has its share of buzz surrounding it.
When his longtime Girlfriend Merrin (Juno Temple) is brutally murdered, Ignatius “Ig” Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) is blamed by many in his small town for her death. While the case remains open, public opinion has already condemned Ig for the crime, and the media are poised to crucify him. In the wake of this Tragedy, Ig awakens one day to find horns growing from his head.
Suddenly, people start being strangely honest with Ig, confessing their darkest desires and most hidden secrets. As everyone — Friends, Family and Strangers alike — is compelled to confess to him their ugliest impulses, Ig struggles to understand his newfound power and how he might be able to use it to find Merrin‘s real Killer.
HORNS also stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, Heather Graham, David Morse, Kathleen Quinlan and James Remar.
Our Friends at VVS Films and Rue Morgue would like to give you a chance to win a Double Pass to see
HORNS at TIFF ’13:
Sunday, September 8, 2013
To enter to win, simply click here and fill out the form. Good luck.
VVS Films releases HORNS in Canada.
(Photo credit: VVS Films)