TIFF 2021: You Are Not My Mother

Image courtesy of TIFF You Are Not My Mother is a fantastic creepy yarn for Halloween frights. It’s days before Halloween and the Irish celebration Samhain in a Dublin neighbourhood. As the community prepares for the holiday, Charlotte or Char’s (Hazel Doupe) house is quiet. Char’s mom Angela (Carolyn Bracken), is lethargic and listless, sleeping... Continue Reading →

The Rapture of Saint Maud

What is our purpose in life? Is it to care for others? Do good work to help humanity? And what if an already fragile psyche creates its own support system amidst this existential uncertainty? Writer and director Rose Glass presents this premise in her first feature, Saint Maud. Maud (Morfydd Clark) is a private care... Continue Reading →

The Haunting Legacy of Sator

Jordan Graham took the history of mental illness in his family and created an unsettling journey in his latest film Sator. Siblings Adam, Peter and Debra (Gabriel Nicholson, Michael Daniel, and Aurora Lowe) are part of a haunting family legacy. Their grandmother Nani (June Peterson), has lived for many years with an entity called Sator,... Continue Reading →

The Planters Take Root with Heart

It’s nice to see more female-led productions defying the odds these days. You'll find this with Alexandra Kotcheff and Hannah Leder's indie charmer The Planters, which captures loneliness and friendship in this time of isolation. Martha Plant (Kotcheff) lives by herself in her childhood home. Her parents died a year ago, and she’s a repressed,... Continue Reading →

Review: Seeds

Urges and family ties create an unnerving experience in Owen Long’s Seeds. Marcus (Trevor Long) is a man with an affliction, and when an untimely accident occurs with his lover, he retreats to his family home by the sea to lay low while his drug dealer takes care of things. His brother Michael (Chris McGarry)... Continue Reading →

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