THE HANGING GARDEN was the highpoint of today's screenings. This film was chosen to open the Perspective Canada series and was certainly worthy. We're back to the dysfunctional family thing here, but in Nova Scotia it's a lot more fun than in Japan, Yugoslavia, or even Argentina. This film works on more than just the fun level though - the characters are complex and quickly realized by a terrific cast. The writing is terrific too - it's well enough thought out that you gradually find deeper messages in characters' past conversations, as time reveals more truth.
I withold some praise for the character of the father - an abusive man whose source of anger is never really revealed. The others however - long gone brother, mischievous best freind, long suffering mother, trash mouthed sister, are completely engaging.
GARDEN is, amazing in it's depth, a first feature from Thom Fitzgerald.