The Hanging Garden (1997)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

United Kingdom/USA, 1997.  , , , , , , , , .  Screenplay by Thom Fitzgerald.  Cinematography by Daniel Jobin.  Produced by Thom Fitzgerald, Louise Garfield, Arnie Gelbart.  Music by .  Production Design by Taavo Soodor.  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Lush Canadian film about a young man () 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  as the younger version of his sister (who is brilliantly played by as an adult).

Toronto International Film Festival:  1997

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