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TIFF12 FAVES: donna g
A Royal Affair/The Hunt
Francis Ha

TIFF12 FAVES: HeidyMo (Blogger,
Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
Rafea: Solar Mama

The Last White Knight

TIFF12 FAVES: Kirk Cooper (Founder, Film Market Access
Home Again
Middle of Nowhere
The Hunt

TIFF12 FAVES: Siobhan Rich (cinefile)
Free Angela and All Political Prisoners
The Hunt
Perks of Being a Wallflower

WHAT I SAW AT TIFF12 390 MINUTESAll That You PossessArgoBlancanievesBlondieCamionCome On Out and PlayDisconnectDormant BeautyEat Sleep DieEnd of WatchEnglish/VinglishFirst Comes LoveFly With the CraneFrances HaGebo and the ShadowHere Comes the DevilImagineIn Another CountryInescapableLondon – The Modern BabylonLove Is All You NeedMen At LunchMotorwayMushroomingNoPenanceQuartetRoad NorthSong for MarionThe DeepThe HuntZaytoun

TIFF12 Reviews: 3, Come Out and Play, Disconnect, Dormant Beauty, Eat Sleep Die, English VIinglish, First Comes Love

3 (Uruguay / Germany / Argentina / Chile). Directed and co-written by Pablo Stoll Ward (with Gonzalo Delgado Galiana), this film focuses on three members of a family: a divorced mother, Graciela (Sara Bessio) and father, Rodolfo, (Humberto de Vargas), and their daughter, Ana (Anaclara Ferreyra Palfy). Although mother and daughter live together, they are disconnected from each other and are just as dissatisfied with their own lives as Rodolfo is with his. We have scenes with mother and daughter passing each other like ships in the night as they enter and exit their apartment, and shots of a lonely Rodolfo alienated from his new wife, whom we never see. Rather than successfully reaching out to each other, they try to connect elsewhere. Graciela, who visits her aunt in the hospital, forms a relationship with a man who visits an aging friend; Ana tries to connect with her boyfriend, but is really going through the motions which lack any real intimacy; and Rodolfo can only connect with the…


I try to mix it up at TIFF and see the dramas as well as the comedies, the big to-be-released-tomorrow films and the small, shoestring budget, no distributor films. Every once in a while, I will run into someone who thinks this mix is somehow problematic. It seems that, somehow, I have offended their cinematic taste by seeing something that they would never see: snobbery and reverse snobbery is in full effect. If I see a big movie at a public screening (even worse if it's in English), I'm betraying cinema; if I see something independent, then I've removed myself from populist culture, and become one of those people.

TIFF mixes it up, so why can't I? I love film. I see films according to my mood. Don't try and box me in, or kick me out of some "club" that I never joined in the first place. Peace

TIFF12 Picks & Pans: All That You Possess, Frances Ha, Imagine, Motorway, Mushrooming

ALL THAT YOU POSSESS (Canada). Canadian director, Bernard Émond, is a favourite of mine. I was first introduced to him via a DVD of his film, La Neuvaine, and that was such a positive experience that I proceeded to catch his subsequent films in the trilogy, Contre tout espérance (07) and La donation (09) at TIFF. With this latest film, Émond continues to display his keen observation of human behaviour within a certain set of circumstances. This film about a man who tries to distance himself from the world,  is poetic (in fact poetry is a significant part of this movie), insightful and contemplative. There are no big action moments, so this film is not for those who prefer quick edits and music montages.

FRANCIS HA (USA). What a delightful film! I loved being in the company of this post-university intern dancer, who is not quite sure what she should be doing next. Usually twenty-something comedies annoy me, but Greta Gerwig's winning performance as Frances is captivating and charmin…

TIFF12 Nordic Wish List

I've become a hue fan of Nordic films, thanks to TIFF, so I thought I would share my TIFF12 Nordic Wish List with you. Are any of these films on your list?

90 MINUTES (Norway). I don't usually see films about domestic violence because I know too many women (and children) who have or still dealing with the issue. What is drawing me to this film is the fact that the setting is Norway, and the director, Eva Sørhaug studied social science at University. How will the setting impact the subject matter? We're very familiar with North American film narrative on the subject, but how will it be viewed through another culture's eyes?

BLONDIE (Sweden). I saw Jesper Ganslandt's Ape at TIFF09, and I still remember talking to a bunch of women in the washroom post-screening. That open-ended film left us with much to discuss and debate, but we all agreed that we really appreciated the film. With that memorable festival experience, I wanted to see the director's latest film, plus …

TIFF12: A Royal Affair, The Hunt, NO, Inescapable, Barefoot, Zaytoun

Mads [pronounced MAS] Mikkelson [think Nicholson but 'sen' instead of 'son'] is not only a star, he's a wonderful actor whose range is evident in A ROYAL AFFAIR (Nikolaj Arcel) and THE HUNT (Thomas Vinterberg). We tend to think of present day Denmark as fairly liberal, but this wasn't the case in the eighteenth century. If you are a history buff who likes a bit of romance in your movie, then put this period piece on your list. With a star like Mads playing the role of a German physician who subversively tries to bring Enlightenment to the Danish court via his friendship with the mercurial, sometimes simple-minded King Christian VII you have a riveting drama that's more than bustiers, petticoats, and tumbling between the royal bed sheets of the forward thinking Queen Caroline (Alicia Vikander). Want more Mads? Then go see the Love It or Hate It film of TIFF12, THE HUNT, in which Mads plays an affable Kindergarten teacher whose professional, personal, and co…