This film is about the experience of dying. Five terminal patients in a Palliative Care Unit at Toronto's Grace Hospital share the last days of their lives and deaths with a film crew... See full synopsis »
Elderly residents of a Toronto nursing home cope with loss, loneliness and other heartbreaking challenges of growing old, as the home's staff work tirelessly to provide an environment of dignified, compassionate care.
Based on the biography of Olive Fredrickson, It tells of her life as a girl, then a trapper's wife and later a widow with three small children surviving under rugged pioneer conditions in ... See full summary »
Inspired by fairy-tales such as Alice in Wonderland and Little Red-Riding Hood, "Valerie and her Week of Wonders" is a surreal tale in which love, fear, sex and religion merge into one fantastic world.
The director Allan King lived with the Edwards family before, during and after the course of filming. He chose them not out of proximity, though, but because they had the most personality out of all the other married candidates. See more »
Not just a time capsule, although that's part of it; this is a full-color archive of the physical details of middle-class Torontohood in the late sixties. The personal details, though, are personal details. Documentarian as nosey house guest, King plants himself among a very tenuous couple, their infant and their dog, and creates the kind of inevitably self-conscious psychodrama that is now familiar to us as post-Osbornes pop culturites. The outside eye seems to create an uncontrollable urge to embarrass themselves, just to make things interesting. But it's not just the merciful one-sitting format that makes this rendition of the tendency more bearable. It's King's (and of course camera guy Richard Leiterman's) eyes and ears; they give the hyperbole enough room to breathe, with all interactions seen through to some kind of conclusion instead of punched up in post. As a result, the raw intimacy routine has enough shape and rhythm and continuity to draw you into the argument instead of driving you to the remote.
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