Friday, December 13, 2013
1945 - Gabrielle
This is the kind of film that sounds like such a cliche for awards fodder, and maybe that's true to some degree, but that doesn't outweigh the fact that it's so goddamn good. It centres around the uncomfortable topic of the sexuality of handicapped people - it's about so much more, of course, but that's the hot button controversial issue and it's such an interesting conversation to have. Having done some significant work a long time ago with handicapped people it's something that I absolutely thought about and am glad to see a film tackling it. Using an actor who has a disability as the lead character was an inspired choice, and she's magic on screen. This is a beautifully told story that doesn't lead you in any one direction or condemn you for your opinions. It's our entry this year in Canada for best foreign Oscar, and I'm damn proud of that.