Greta Gerwig might be the most charming actress working today. This was really lovely and its three main players had great chemistry. I'd be hesitant to label this as a comedy rather than a drama, but it definitely has its quirky moments. In the end, what I keep coming back to is how much I'd love to get lost with a Danish Julianne Moore in the Quebec winter wilderness only to stumble upon a dimly lit bar where two French Canadian folk singers are jamming out to Bruce Springsteen.
Surprisingly competent follow-up that does reuse a lot of the first movie's jokes, but also has a new sense of progressiveness that makes this refreshing in a year of bad sequels. Love the female empowerment, but I was also extremely pleasantly surprised by a movie like this treating a gay marriage proposal as a genuinely heartfelt moment rather than a joke.
Not since Lost in Translation or Before Sunset have I seen a more honest portrayal of a brief encounter between two strangers. Weekend is a simple film; a breath of fresh air that is charming and quite personal. It’s easily relatable — and not just for a gay viewer, but for anyone who’s had to deal with a similar situation — and it transcends sexual orientation to become a universal story of powerful human connection.
I’m not sure if this…
TIFF: Film #10
Over the past few years, Xavier Dolan has become one of the most intriguing names in cinema. In 2009, I got to see his fascinating debut film I Killed My Mother at TIFF. That film established him as one of Canada's premier queer artists and since then Dolan has made two other great films (Heartbeats and Laurence Anyways).
Tom at the Farm is Dolan's fourth feature. He has been spitting out film after film and he is…