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February 17, 2023

WIFF’S WEEKEND WATCH LIST — 2/17

This week’s recommendations include Jennifer Lawrence’s latest, the ever-charming Jon Hamm, a Quebecois film by WIFF favourite Louise Archambault, plus a double-feature of European horror films. Check out our recommendations of what to watch this weekend.

IF YOU want an INSIGHTFUL drama

CAUSEWAY

Vincent Georgie: Jennifer Lawrence is well-cast here but it’s Brian Tyree Henry’s Oscar-nominated performance that runs off with the film. He leaves an indelible impression in this thoughtful and low-key drama. A terrific supporting cast loaded with veterans of the Broadway stage creates an entirely believable world in sometimes only a few brief scenes. 

Synopsis: Lynsey, a U.S. soldier, experiences a traumatic brain injury during her tour in Afghanistan which forces her to return home. She struggles to return to her daily life with her mother as she waits for her eventual redeployment.

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if you want some laughs

confess, fletch

Vincent Georgie: A total of six people (possibly less) caught this very funny, amusing and surprisingly well-written reboot of the FLETCH franchise. The film was dumped into theatres last year at a time when the post-COVID transition was not complete and the film fell through the cracks. The cast is game and the new material is both entertaining and genuinely comical. A nice surprise to catch up with. 

Synopsis: While investigating a case of valuable stolen paintings, the roguishly charming and endlessly troublesome Fletch becomes the prime suspect in a murder. To prove his innocence, he must sift through a long list of suspects — from an art dealer to a missing playboy to a crazy neighbour to his own girlfriend.

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if YOU want a smart family story

thanks for everything

Vincent Georgie: Quebec-based filmmaker Louise Archambault (a WIFF loyalist, who has brought much-loved films to the Festival such as GABRIELLE and AND THE BIRDS RAINED DOWN) made a frequently touching, thoughtful and funny tale of the complications of family in the face of the ups and downs of life. There is an intelligent heart beating at the center of this film. 

Synopsis: Sisters Marianne and Christine Cyr have been estranged for a year when they learn of the death of their father, who wasn’t exactly an angel. Both a comedy and a road movie, Thanks for Everything tells of their trip to the Magdalen Islands to spread his ashes and escape their personal problems, without realizing that they carry both, literally and figuratively, with them.

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DOUBLE FEATURE

top-quality horror films

Leave the most chilling and elegant horror to the Europeans. Both of these are atmospheric, with strong points of view. Modern horror marvels, to be sure. 

let the right one in

When Oskar, a sensitive, bullied 12-year-old boy living with his mother in suburban Sweden, meets his new neighbour, the mysterious and moody Eli, they strike up a friendship. Initially reserved with each other, Oskar and Eli slowly form a close bond, but it soon becomes apparent that she is no ordinary young girl. Eventually, Eli shares her dark, macabre secret with Oskar, revealing her connection to a string of bloody local murders.

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goodnight mommy

Twin boys who do everything together, from collecting beetles to feeding stray cats, welcome their mother home after her reconstructive surgery. But with her face wrapped in bandages, and her demeanour distant, they grow suspicious of her identity.

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