Canada’s Top Ten 2017: The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches

A repressed young woman uncovers her family’s dark secrets in The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches. In 1930s rural Quebec, a young woman (Marine Johnson) and her brother (Antoine L’Écuyer) are raised alone by their authoritarian father (Jean-François Casabonne). After their father hangs himself one night, the two siblings are left to […]

Canada’s Top Ten 2017: Unarmed Verses

A girl living in a community housing project learns to develop her own voice in Unarmed Verses. Francine Valentine is a teenage girl living with her father and grandmother in a community housing project in the north of Toronto, which is in the midst of a “revitalization” plan. Francine participates in a songwriting program put on […]

Canada’s Top Ten 2017: Allure

An emotionally unstable woman develops an unlikely connection in Allure. Laura Drake (Evan Rachel Wood) is a woman who struggles to find a connection in her life. Working as a house cleaner for her father William (Denis O’Hare), Laura begins working at the house of Nancy (Maxim Roy) and becomes infatuated with Nancy’s 16 year old […]

Canada’s Top Ten 2017: LUK’LUK’I

This review was originally published as part of my coverage of TIFF 2017 The stories of five Vancouverites are told under the backdrop of the 2010 Winter Olympics in LUK’LUK’I. It’s February 28, 2010 and the puck is about to drop on the Gold Medal hockey game between Canada and the USA. However, away from the […]

Canada’s Top Ten 2017: Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

This review was originally published as part of my coverage for Hot Docs 2017 The indigenous contributions to music history are revealed in Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World. In 1907, the first recording of native music was made, since it was believed that the culture of the First Nation’s community would disappear. However, as […]

Canada’s Top Ten 2017: Les Affamés

This review was originally published as part of my coverage of TIFF 2017 A group tries to survive a zombie outbreak in a remote Quebec village in Les Affamés. A flesh-eating plague has broken out in Quebec and a small batch of survivors try to make to safety. These include Bonin (Marc-André Grondin), who is always cracking […]

Canada’s Top Ten 2017: Adventures in Public School

A home schooled teenager enrolls into public school for the first time in Adventures in Public School. For most of his life, Liam (Daniel Doheny) has been home schooled by his enthusiastic mother Claire (Judy Greer). However, when Liam enters the local high school for his final exam, he is immediately infatuated with one-legged girl […]

Canada’s Top Ten 2016: Mean Dreams

Two young lovers go on the run from their abusive lives in Mean Dreams. One day, young ranch hand Jonas (Josh Wiggins) meets Casey (Sophie Nélisse), who has just moved into the area. The two quickly strike up a friendship, which seems to be blossoming into romance. However, Jonas discovers that Casey’s police deputy father […]

Canada’s Top Ten 2016: Nelly

The life and work of escort turned writer Nelly Arcan is brought to the screen in Nelly. Nelly Arcan, aka Isabelle Fortier (Mylène MacKay), becomes a literary sensation in both Quebec and France after the release of her semi-autobiographical novel “Whore” in 2001. As Nelly struggles with writing a follow-up, the line between fiction and reality is blurred […]