Saturday, September 14, 2013
1901 - The F Word
Now. THIS is an example of making an accessible, commercial film inside of Canada. But Michael Dowse is no stranger to that with Good. Dowse is easily one of my favorite working directors in Canada. I've been tracking this film for a while because two of my friends have small parts in it, but I'd be tracking it anyway because of Dowse alone.
It's easy to label this film as an update on When Harry Met Sally, but it's more than just that. It throws you right into a head-on witty banter and doesn't let you go from that. Of course you're in for a will they/won't they type film, but the situations they're put into aren't just for laughs or annoying suspense. You feel their angst and confusion. There's a pitch-perfect scene that takes place inside of a change room which anyone writing an effective rom-com should study. It's a fantastic moment and the film is full of them. Radcliffe is quite charming once you get used to the idea of him as a romantic interest (which does take a moment to adjust to) and Zoe Kazan is downright adorable - Adam Driver rounds out the cast nicely.
This film made a big splash at TIFF, and rightly so, so I think it won't be long before you can see it yourself. Make sure you do.