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Monday, September 20, 2010

Sean Kelly

TIFF10: Final Day and Wrap-Up

The 2010 Toronto International Film Festival has come to a close.  In this post, I will post my thoughts on the final three films I saw at the festival before doing my yearly wrap-up.

Final Films
Girlfriend
This is a touching film about a man with Down's Syndrome, who attempts to begin a relationship with a woman he has liked for a long time.  This film really offers insight into people with mental disabilities and the challenges they face at having normal relationships.

I should note there was a neat moment during the Q&A, where the director called star Evan Sneider and had him answer a couple questions via speaker-phone.

8/10

Amigo
From director John Sayles, this film deals with the American occupation of a Filipino village and centers around the leader of the village.  I thought this was an alright enough film, however it did run a little long in the end.

7/10

Griff the Invisible
This Australian film was a joy.  What started off seeming like a Defendor-like "average joe becomes superhero" film, turned into a tale about accepting your perception of reality.  It was definitely a fun way to end the festival.

8/10

Festival Wrap-Up
Top 5 Favourite Films
  1. Buried
  2. Submarine
  3. Girlfriend
  4. Griff the Invisible
  5. Monsters
Honourable Mentions
  • Henry's Crime
  • Dirty Girl
Films I Most Wish I Could Have Seen
  • Black Swan
  • Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Favourite Festival Moments
  • Keanu Reeves and Vera Farmiga showing up at the second Henry's Crime screening
  • Girlfriend Q&A via speaker-phone
Final Number of Films Seen
  • 14
Programme Tally
  • Special Presentations - 5
  • Discovery - 4
  • Midnight Madness - 2
  • Canada First - 1
  • Real to Real - 1
  • Vanguard - 1
Theatre Tally
  • Ryerson Theatre - 7
  • AMC Yonge & Dundas - 3
  • Scotiabank Theatre - 2
  • TIFF Bell Lightbox - 1 
  • Varsity Theatre - 1
And that ends my coverage of the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

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).