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TIFF Recap: Day 5

I’m pretty behind on these recaps as there just hasn’t been much down time to tackle them. So what I’m going to do is cut down a bit on the comments to just some essential notes; the longer I go without writing something then the more likely it is I’ll forgot what I watched!

Films seen Monday, September 8th …

Hunger
Powerful film of the abuses the human body can withstand; doesn’t shy away from graphic depictions. Very strong directing, especially for a first timer.
8/10

New York, I Love You
As expected, very well done even though only a rough cut (and the producers asked the press not to comment). Nearly all of the stories were good, and I liked the little transitions between them (sometimes a quick moment with some of the characters, rather than just straight jumping into next story).
8/10

Uncertainty
Got tickets to this day-of, after missing out in the lottery. The separate directions of the story — which are intercut quite well — aren’t that noteworthy by themselves, but as a whole the film shows how life is filled with decision points and even a minor one can drastically affect how things play out. That said, even an action/thriller or family-drama can lead to the same conclusions.
7/10

The Hurt Locker
Doing away with the politics of the conflict, this film focuses squarely on the action in the battlefield. But rather than the chaos and adrenaline of battle, this tensely shows a bomb squad unit and the nerve-wracking situations they face.
8/10

Un été sans point ni coup sûr
Nice little story in the summer when the Expos arrive to Montreal. Coming of age story for a boy who just wants to play ball, but doesn’t make the neighborhood team. An alternate team is put together by his father, who also comes to appreciate that times are changing and maybe so should he.
7/10

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