Our first movie of the day was all the way over at the Ryerson Theatre, so Karl drove us. It was Saturday morning and the line was around the corner and down the block. Again, we were able to get good seats despite the long line.
Yesterday’s morning movie was “Beautiful Boy”, based on the memoirs of Dave Sheff (Beautiful Boy) and Nic Sheff (Tweak). Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet and Maura Tierney give commanding performances in this powerful film. The film gives an emotional and informative look at effects of crystal meth on both the body and the family. Felix Van Groeningen, the director, introduced the movie but there was no Q & A after. There are scenes that are difficult to watch, but this is a movie that should be seen.
Our Rating for Beautiful Boy
Beautiful Boy Q&A from TIFF 2018
Looking to post our blog, we walked over to the Eaton Centre. Crepe Delicious was our food court selection. The Popeye and the California Chicken hit the spot (sorry, no pictures, we were too hungry to wait). Next a little shopping was on our menu and we finished by walking through Pusateri’s (one of our favorite places) underneath Saks Fifth Avenue.
Off to the Winter Garden Theatre to see “Mademoiselle de Joncquieres”. Based on Denis Diderot’s Jacques the Fatalist, this was a delightful French movie about the vindictiveness of a woman scorned. Emmanuel Mouret, writer/director introduced the film and was in attendance for an extended Q & A after. Cécile de France (Madame de La Pommeraye) was perfect and Alice Isaaz (Mademoiselle de Joncquieres) is someone to keep your eye out for.
Our Rating for Mademoiselle de Joncquieres
With little time to get to our next screening, we hot footed it to the TIFF Bell Lightbox. While waiting in line we gobbled down some concession food, smoked turkey and chicken with a garlic aioli sandwich on ciabatta bread and caramel corn. Met a very nice couple from Montreal.
“Cities of Last Things” is a very different movie. The story is told in three vignettes, they are in reverse order and take place in three different decades. Denise didn’t like this movie, I thought it was interesting. The “present” story line was the most intriguing and sad, depicting how your life can turn on a dime. The “future” was a glimpse of what could be if you can’t get over events from your past. The writer/director, Wi Ding Ho and Louise Grinberg and Hong-Chi Lee, from the “present” segment were in attendance for a Q & A after the movie.
Cities of Last Things Q & A at TIFF 2018