Possible Worlds (2000)

ROBERT LEPAGE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBCanada, 2000.  In Extremis Images, The East Side Film Company.  Screenplay by , based on his play.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.  

Tilda Swinton in Possible Worlds

A surprising misfire from Robert Lepage, here adapting someone else’s theatrical piece in place of his own.   plays a man who lives two lives, both of which involve a love affair with Tilda Swinton that is jaded in one story and passionate in the other.  At the same time there is a subplot of police authorities chasing down a serial killer who removes brains from skulls, which might have something to do with our hero and his detached sense of being in these parallel spheres.  Sharply photographed and lit, it is undone by opaque characterizations and dispassionate relationships: it’s a story about a man living in two worlds, but he’s in the same bad mood in both of them, McCamus so determined not to share his emotions with us that he barely reads on screen.

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