Another quick stop at Quantum Coffee to get our day started, then off to TIFF Bell Lightboxtheater for screening number 23. The writer/director Simon Jaquemet introduced the film and said that he was sorry to ruin our day. “The Innocent” (Der unschuldige)” is a Swiss film that alternates between reality and fantasy, or does it. This family characterization addresses fundamentalist Christians, teenagers, and scientific experimentation among other things. Judith Hoffman gives an excellent performance as Ruth. The supporting actors are not as defined but that may have been intentional. The movie leaves you with many questions. It is disturbing but look for it on your streaming sites.
Our Rating for The Innocent
The Innocent Q & A at TIFF 2018
Our next screening was also at the Lightbox so we thought we would visit the Bell Blue Members Lounge. A very nice volunteer greeted and asked to see my members card. That was when I realized I had lost my wallet. We went back to the theater we had just been in, the volunteers were very gracious and helpful. No wallet. They said to come back after their current screening when they would be able to do a more thorough search.
We back upstairs for our next screening, “The Day I Lost My Shadow”. It is a Syrian film. It is a very sad movie about people struggling to not lose hope in the face of utter despair. It moves slowly but the performances are well done. The director Soudade Kaadan was in attendance for a Q & A after the film. She won the Lion of the Future Award for her feature debut, at the Venice Film Festival.
Our Rating for The Day I Lost My Shadow
We went back to our previous theater, but that screening was not out. So we went to the box office on the first floor, as the volunteer was checking their Lost & Found I received a voicemail from someone who had found my wallet. I called him back and we organized a time to meet. With a BIG sigh of relief we decided to eat at the Lightbox Canteen for lunch. We split an Italian sandwich and a delicious peanut butter, marshmallow, peanut, rice crispie bar. The peanut butter was delicious, so look for our recipe in the future.
Off to the Princess of Wales Theatre to see “The Hate U Give”, a movie we had mixed emotions about. It was amazing! Amandla Stenberg’s and Russell Hornsby’s performances are riveting. It is an emotional and intelligent look at some of today’s prominent issues. Anthony Mackie was convincingly bad and Regina Hall was excellent as the mother. This is a movie that should be seen by everyone. It will be in theaters October 19th.
Our Rating for The Hate U Give
The Hate U Give Q & A at TIFF 2018
We went to Elephant & Castle to meet Justin, the person who found my wallet. Justin is homeless. He is very, articulate and trying to make a difference in his life. We learned a lot about the Canadian homeless system.
Tony arrived in Toronto and our, friend Michael from Dallas came in yesterday so we had a “family” dinner at Drake 150 on York Street. Dinner was good, our lovely waitress Jenna was patient with our needs (I’d like a hot tea and your largest glass of ice, please) and got us out of there promptly to see our next movie.
Back to the Princess of Wales Theatre for “Widows”. It’s an okay heist movie. There wasn’t enough back story or heist prep for us to really develop much empathy for their story. Viola Davis basically plays her same part from How To Get Away with Murder, either cold as ice or falling apart. Daniel Kaluuya is convincingly bad. Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Liam Neeson, Robert Duvall and Colin Farrell finish out the cast. Definitely good for streaming.
Our Rating for Widows
Widows Q & A at TIFF 2018