Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. Canada, 2000. In Extremis Images, The East Side Film Company. Screenplay by John Mighton, based on his play. Cinematography by Jonathan Freeman. Produced by Sandra Cunningham, Bruno Jobin. Production Design by Francois Seguin. Costume Design by Michele Hamel. Film Editing by Susan Shipton. Toronto International Film Festival 2000.
A surprising misfire from Robert Lepage, here adapting someone else’s theatrical piece in place of his own. Tom McCamus 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.