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TIFF ’08 – Day 8

Posted on September 16th, 2008


Director Pascal Laugier of ‘Martyrs’


Plot: A young woman’s quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.

Trailer: http://www.movie-list.com/trailers.php?id=martyrs

First movie was ‘Martyrs’, a France/Quebec co-production and it’s one that’s difficult to write about. It starts off as a Horror film in the ‘Haute Tension’ and ‘Calvert’ tradition, movies part of the new French Horror revolution, but along the way it becomes so much more then that. I don’t want to give anything away as there are several surprises and plot twists along the way which I guarantee you won’t see coming, and eventually the film becomes something else entirely, something that owes more to a film like 2001 then a Horror film. But as much as I loved it and thought it was a work of art and something that makes you feel and think and bring on many discussions about it, there aren’t many people I can recommend it to. It is brutal, unflinching, hard to watch and will probably really upset you. People at both screenings threw up and one guy during the Q and A told the Director he hated it and that he was a sick fuck for making it. I personally am glad I saw it, I haven’t stopped thinking about it and I’m glad I got to experience it. I will be watching with great curiousity the reviews as it’s guaranteed to create controversy.

The Ordeal

2nd movie yesterday was ‘Pride and Glory’ but before I get to that I need to talk about the ordeal it was getting there. After ‘Martyrs’ I put my ticket for the next film in my pocket and we headed to the location of the next film. 10 minutes into the walk I decide to check for my ticket and notice it’s gone. I looked everywhere to no avail. So we retraced our steps, looking everywhere in the hopes it will still be on the ground. As we’re walking I see up ahead a ticket on the ground! Wow, what are the odds? I pick it up, it’s a TIFF ticket and…Its for a different film! WTF! What are the odds of that? Very small I would imagine. So we keep walking and looking until we reach the movie theatre we’d left. I go in and check the lost and found, no luck. I ask to be escorted to the room we were in and again, no luck. Then I go to the box office and see if there’s anything they can do and there isn’t. I’m ready to leave when a woman asks me if I want to buy a ticket from her as she isn’t going. I don’t really want to pay for a ticket so I hesitate and she says ‘just 10.00’. I check my wallet and all I have is 8.00, she agres to it so I buy it. Now after all that we have very little time to get to our next film so we grab a cab and get there just as the line is entering. We manage, somehow, to get decent seats. By this point I’m exhausted and soaked and finally I can relax. Phew, the end.

Pride and Glory

JP: *

Plot: A saga centered on a multi-generational family of New York City Police officers. The family’s moral codes are tested when Ray Tierney (Edward Norton), investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law (Colin Farrell). For Ray, the truth is revelatory, a Pandora’s Box that threatens to upend not only the Tierney legacy but the entire NYPD.

Trailer: http://www.movie-list.com/trailers.php?id=prideandglory

After the excellent Martyrs on Friday it was off to Pride and Glory, starring Colin Farrell and Edward Norton. I already posted about “the ordeal” it was getting there so I won’t go over that again. The movie was better then I expected, it’s very gritty and realistic. The Hollywood Reporter nailed it:

That sturdy Hollywood institution known as the corrupt cop picture has been stripped right down to the studs — both technically and emotionally — with “Pride and Glory,” a gritty, bare-knuckled take on a clan of New York’s finest who have definitely seen finer days.

Directed by Gavin O’Connor (“Miracle”) from a script he co-wrote with Joe Carnahan (“Narc”), the stark drama harkens back to Sidney Lumet classics like “Serpico” and “Prince of the City”-filmmaking that went after an unadorned, jagged realism, with acting to match.

Not much to add to that really. After this movie we headed to The Victory Cafe for a few pints, Mel’s for some yummy Smoked-Meat Poutine and finally, The Beguiling for some shopping. Then home to relax and get a decent night’s sleep.

* Due to lack of sleep, JP was dozing off during this, so his rating is conditional upon a second viewing.

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