Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
United Kingdom/USA, 1997. Alliance Communications Corporation, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, Channel Four Films, Cineplex Odeon Films, Emotion Pictures, Galafilm Productions, The Harold Greenberg Fund, Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation, Nova Scotia Film Industry Tax Credit, Odeon Films, Quebec Government, Triptych Media, Telefilm Canada. Screenplay by Thom Fitzgerald. Cinematography by Daniel Jobin. Produced by Thom Fitzgerald, Louise Garfield, Arnie Gelbart. Music by John Roby. Production Design by Taavo Soodor. Costume Design by James A. Worthen. Film Editing by Susan Shanks.
Lush Canadian film about a young man (Chris Leavins) who returns to his home town in Nova Scotia to attend his sister’s wedding and confront some closeted skeletons that still haunt him. Told in a series of flashbacks intercut with contemporary scenes, Thom Fitzgerald’s directorial debut is a magnificently subtle combination of family drama, painful love, and even spiritual touches that unfold to a shocking revelation at the film’s conclusion. Fitzgerald’s strong direction is enough to compensate for Leavins’ weak performance at the film’s centre, and the miscasting of Sarah Polley as the younger version of his sister (who is brilliantly played by Kerry Fox as an adult).
Toronto International Film Festival: 1997