Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5
Canada, 1995. The Feature Film Project, Telefilm Canada, Ontario Film Development Corporation, The CRB Foundation, Daban Films. Screenplay by Andrew Rai Berzins. Cinematography by Paul Sarossy. Produced by Steven Hoban. Music by Nash The Slash. Production Design by David Moe. Costume Design by Emma England. Film Editing by Stephan Fanfara, Brett Sullivan.
On the night that Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, a vampire named Boya (played with easy charm by Gordon Currie) went into a twenty-five year hibernation that is ended at the beginning of this cult curiousity, when a random golf ball flies through a basement window and knocks the bag containing his undead body. Boya awakens, heads to a graveyard to get a few belongings and sets up in a cheap Toronto motel, looking for rats and pigeons to eat since he no longer feasts on human beings. Boya befriends a cab driver named Earl (Louis Ferreira) who is being harassed by a couple of hoodlums who work for the area’s drug lord (a cameo by David Cronenberg) and the two men spend much of the movie at a local all-night donut shop where Boya develops a fondness for Molly (Helene Clarkson), the young woman working behind the counter. The quirky characters have genuine appeal and the low-key movements of the plot, which are never in a rush to do much more than soak in the atmosphere, add a sense of intimacy to the proceedings, but at some point it becomes clear that a lot of dressing up is being done to a story that has very little central motivation. Fiona Reid is excellent as a love affair from Boya’s earlier life who comes searching for closure, the only really dramatically concerning piece of a puzzle that otherwise loses touch with its audience by the time it reaches its unimpressive conclusion.
Toronto International Film Festival: 1995