Saturday I went directly from my two festival films to a wedding in the St. Andrews club overlooking Toronto Harbour and, incidentally, the Roy Thompson Hall gala. I think I was having a better time which means these reviews are short.
La Tourneuse de Pages was a deliberately slow-moving thriller which avoids the obvious choices. The acting is wonderful and very French. Four stars out of five.
A Grave-Keeper’s Tale was interesting, entertaining and an example of how artistic expression is possible in India’s regional cinema markets. For different reasons this one is also four stars out of five.
College park filled with flowers and a long, civilized, line of people picking up their tickets.
My tickets have been processed! This morning I stood in line for about 40 minutes to get them and it was quite pleasant. I find people in the festival line are usually friendly and easy to talk to. In case you are interested, these are the films I will be seeing on my day pass. There may be a few more “surprise” extras since my husband has bought coupons so that he can see films in the evenings. I will do at least a quick review of the films as I see them.
- The Journals of Knud Rasmussen
- Lights in the Dusk
- Nouvelle Chance
- La Tourneuse de Pages
- A Grave-Keeper’s Tale
- The Ugly Duckling and Me
- Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker
- Ghosts of Cite Soleil
- The Last Kiss
- Half Moon
- Kurt Cobain About A Son
- Falkenberg Farewell
- Short Cuts Canada 5
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Velvet Goldmine
- The Half Life of Timofey Berez
- L’ Intouchable
- Nue Propriete
- Nouvelle Chance
FYI, the TIFF official website is at: bell.ca/filmfest
Starting September 7, watch this space for short, personal reviews on over 20 films. The TIFF is a friendly, organized festival with a low-key vibe. I expect to have a great time and see some great films.
Ticket selections are processed by advanced lottery so all I can do now is wait — and make sure I have lots of snacks and clean clothes ready.
How do you like my red carpet attire?
- SabBartical: Wasting a year off watching reruns of the Simpsons.
- FoeRun film: A tiresome movie with too many chase scenes.
- Abracadavre: When the magician pulls the rabbit out of the hat, too late.
I hope my blog has something to say this year; that it is never tiresome; that it is magical………. Wish me good luck! — and don’t be too shy to post replies to todays question.