Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
Canada, 2000. Parsley Production, a.d. pictures. Screenplay by Andrea Dorfman. Cinematography by Andrea Dorfman. Produced by Kimberly Boyd, Andrea Dorfman. Music by Rob Benvie, Ian McGettigan. Production Design by Marcia Connolly. Costume Design by Dorothy Crutcher, Allison Jones. Film Editing by Scott Simpson.
Charming little film that marks the debut of director Andrea Dorfman. The story follows a bicycle maintenance teacher named Kate who is in a seemingly perfect relationship with the perfect boyfriend, Ollie, a sexual education instructor. Trouble comes in the form of a possible pregnancy for Kate, resulting in her re-evaluation of how much she wants to be in her relationship with Ollie despite his being so ideal. A good herbologist friend recommends to her the ingestion of mass amounts of parsley for the purposes of a natural abortion (supposedly the acidic qualities in parsley will interrupt a very new pregnancy). The film’s humble budget is quite obvious from the get-go (some bad looping included), but Dorfman’s sharp observations of her deliciously quirky characters are so marvelous that it’s really all you notice when watching it.
Toronto International Film Festival: 2000