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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Sean Kelly

TIFF08: My Thoughts on The Wrestler, Adam Ressurected, and Eden Log

The final day of the film festival was entirely spent by me going to films and today definitely featured an interesting selection.

First up is The Wrestler. I am a big of professional wrestling and I was looking forward to seeing this film.

Before seeing the film I thought this film seemed like "Rocky with Wrestling." I think that is partially true, but it's also a drama about a past his prime wrestler having a hard time trying to adapt to a normal life.

I found that Mickey Rourke was great in the role and I also like how the film wasn't afraid at showing the behind the scenes aspect of wrestling (and breaking "kayfabe" so to speak). I also like how the film's ending can be open to interpretation.

Great film.

10/10

Next is Adam Ressurected. This is a story about a Jewish clown (Jeff Goldblum), who is at an asylum haunted by his humiliating experiences at a concentration camp during World War II.

I never really grasped this film. It had a good cast, including Goldblum and Willem Dafoe, but the film kept going back and forth between the past and present and I found that a little distracting.

It wasn't a bad film, but it wasn't that memoriable.

7/10

Finally we have Eden Log, which is part of the Midnight Madness programme. This was French science fiction film and for the most part it follows a lone protaginist as he explores an underground complex.

I like how the film was mostly silent with very little dialogue and this allows us to discover along with the hero, as he explores the complex and finds out why he's there.

It was definitely an imersive film and a good way to end this year's film festival experience.

And that's the 2008 Toronto Film Festival. I will post my festival wrap-up tomorrow.

Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).