WIFF’s Weekend Watch List — 07/29

GRANDMA

(If you want to laugh)

Vincent Georgie: This lighthearted comedy is worth the price of admission for Lily Tomlin’s bad-ass lead performance. Watching her carry her own film only reminds us of her talents and appeal.

Synopsis: A misanthropic poet, estranged from her daughter and recovering from a breakup, agrees to take her granddaughter across Los Angeles and help her find the money she needs to terminate her unwanted pregnancy.

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BREAKING THE WAVES

(If you want a challenging drama)

Vincent Georgie:  If you have the patience and the stomach for it, Lars von Trier‘s breakout film is very much worth the investment of time and energy. Above all, he introduced us to the luminous Emily Watson (receiving her first Oscar nomination for this film) as a woman whose emotional, spiritual and sexual sacrifices are as baffling as they are hypnotizing. This is a film with a lot on its mind.

Synopsis: In a small and religious coastal town, a simple, devoutly religious Scottish woman, Bess McNeill, finds a partner in an oil rig worker from Norway, Jan Nyman. However, the relationship grows strained when Nyman breaks his neck in a horrific work accident on the rig and becomes paralyzed. Unable to perform sexually and suffering mentally from the accident, Jan convinces Bess to have sex with other men, which she believes is God’s work.

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TAKE ME TO THE RIVER

(If tension gets you going)

Vincent Georgie: The tension in this film is not overt. It is not violent, and it is not gratuitous. Instead, it simmers and rears its head in the most innocuous and seemingly mundane moments. Like a frying pan that has been set on simmer for the film’s entire run time, by the time we reach the end we are inevitably cooking with gas.

Synopsis: A gay teenager faces accusations of abusing his nine-year-old cousin when a bloodstain is discovered on her dress during a family reunion in Nebraska.

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DOUBLE FEATURE

SUMMER VACATION

If you want to kick back and enjoy a long, languid weekend, you can’t go wrong with these two favourites.

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION

Accompanied by their children, Clark Griswold and his wife, Ellen, are driving from Illinois to a California amusement park. As Clark increasingly fixates on a beautiful woman driving a sports car, the Griswolds deal with car problems and the death of a family member. They reach Los Angeles, but, when Clark worries that the trip is being derailed again, he acts impulsively to get his family to the park.

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INDIAN SUMMER

Unca Lou, the longtime director of an Ontario summer camp, brings a group of former campers back for a 20-year reunion. But now, they’re all facing very adult problems. Beth is still recovering from her husband’s passing. Jennifer longs for her lost love, Matthew, who is less than happy with his wife, Kelly. But Unca Lou hopes to guide them all through their pain, just as he helped them with their childhood trials.

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