Cosmos (1996)

JENNIFER ALLEYN, MANON BRIAND, MARIE-JULIE DALLAIRE, ARTO PARAGAMIANDENIS VILLENEUVE, ANDRE TURPIN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Canada, 1996.  Max Films Productions.  Screenplay by Marie-Julie Dallaire, , Denis Villeneuve.  Cinematography by Andre Turpin.  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Toronto International Film Festival 1997.

Six different stories by six different directors are all related to one Greek cab driver picking up passengers in modern day Montreal. Among them is a man on his way to find out the results of his HIV Test, avoiding the results by cavorting around town with his friend, a lawyer at a hotel who runs into an old lover who is testifying against her in court the next day, but agrees not to do it if she provides him with a view of her new surgically-enhanced breasts, and a paranoid filmmaker trying to make it through an interview for a lethally modern talk show. The best of the group is a tender little tale about a stood-up young woman who runs into a nostalgic old man at a supermarket and accompanies him home; all the stories have much style and energy, but this is the only one that achieves poignancy. It’s a good collection, sharply shot in black-and-white, but won’t be exciting for everyone who watches it.

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