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When Night Is Falling Review


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You know right from the start that When Night Is Falling isn't going to be the uplifting tale that you might have thought it would be, as it cuts quickly from a bizarre underwater dream to a scene in which the main character, Camille (Pascale Bussières), discovers her dog has died.

Patricia Rozema's odd melodrama tells Camille's story. A Calvinist professor at a Christian college, she is on the fast track to a position as co-Chaplain of the university along with her conservative boyfriend Martin (Henry Czerny). Suddenly, circus performance artist Petra (Rachael Crawford) comes into her life, and everything changes. Petra is almost obsessively infatuated with Camille, and the once-traditionalist Camille very quickly finds herself developing an inexplicable attraction for Petra.

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Set Me Free Review


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French people are weird, but French Canadian people are even weirder. Sorry, that's just the way it is, and this Quebecois coming of age story (young girl with bad haircut can't relate to her deadbeat dad, experiments with lesbianism, and likes floating underwater just for kicks) is no exception. Interesting nuances abound, but the overall story is flat, its characters difficult to like.

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The Five Senses Review


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Canadian writer-director Jeremy Podeswa assigned himself a daunting task when he stepped behind the camera to make "The Five Senses": Create a five-dimensional world of sight, sound, touch, taste and smell, in the two dimensional medium of film.

The resulting picture is penetrating metaphorical cinema that immerses the viewer in its characters' often internalized loneliness, anxiety, desire, shame and insecurity by watching them misunderstand, embrace and/or rediscover senses we often take for granted through five well-conceived, inter-connected narratives, one for each sense.

Richard (Philippe Volter) is a middle-aged French optometrist who has learned he is slowly going deaf. He makes a list of every sound he wants committed to memory before it's too late and sets out to record them in his mind. He calls his estranged wife's house just to hear his daughter answer the phone, and he becomes mesmerized while eavesdropping on a neighbor through heating ducts in his office floorboards.

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