The top 5 Canadian movies at TIFF 2014
Before TIFF started, I put together a list of the Top 10 Canadian films that looked most promising. Now that we're near the end of the festival, it's worth taking a look at what Canadian films wound up generating enthusiasm from festival audiences.
Here are my picks for the top 5 Canadian movies at TIFF 2014.
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Quebec's StĂŠphane Lafleur charming, black and white look at twenty-something ennui has proven to have charmed TIFF-goers as much as it did audiences at the Cannes Film Festival. By all accounts it amused with its humour, charmed with its quirkiness, and was embraced as more than just your everyday maturity-challenged twenty-something movie.
Sturla Gunnarsson documentary about monsoon season in India looked gorgeous and proved to be. The film proved to be not just heralded for its incredible beauty, but praised as both an immersive experience and an insightful one.
Jacob Tierney's high-concept comedy about a thirtysomething woman faking a pregnancy to fit in with her friends proved to do what all comedies should: make people laugh. It also received particularly high praise in one case, with one moviegoer declaring it "that movie you go to TIFF for hoping to discover a gem."
Canadian wunderkind, Xavier Dolan, sees his wunderkind status continue. Mommy - about a troubled teenager and his mother trying to survive each other - was declared the best movie at TIFF, the best movie by Xavier Dolan, and heralded as an outright masterpiece.
This film about the beginnings of the FLQ before the 1970 October Crisis, told from the eyes of a teenager who slowly becomes a radical terrorists, proved to be widely admired at TIFF. It was praised for its historical insight, its score and complexity, and its emotion. But without a doubt it's most impressive praise, however, comes from Oscar-nominated director, Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan)
Image from Mommy
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