JENNIFER ALLEYN, MANON BRIAND, MARIE-JULIE DALLAIRE, ARTO PARAGAMIAN, DENIS VILLENEUVE, ANDRE TURPIN
Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. Canada, 1996. Max Films Productions. Screenplay by Marie-Julie Dallaire, Sebastien Joannette, Denis Villeneuve. Cinematography by Andre Turpin. Produced by Roger Frappier. Music by Michel Smith. Production Design by Pierre Allard. Costume Design by Dominique Desrochers. Film Editing by Richard Comeau. 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.