A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him.
Part 'The Wizard of Oz', part 'Eyes Wide Shut', EXPIRATION stares straight into the dreams and nightmares of childhood, leading both character and audience deep into the heart of an unflinching urban fairy tale. Set amidst the chaotic, yet seemingly predestined events of a fall Montreal night, this coming of age odyssey from newcomer Gavin Heffernan follows three lost characters through a circus of tests, trials and colorful figures. As their futures materialize, realization dawns that every step of their journey has been leading to a single moment, high above the city... Written by
Early drafts of the script focused on Sam's efforts to cash in a soon to be expired lottery ticket. Some versions also included Niki and Naomi's search for a buried bottle of water said to contain "eternal youth". See more »
EXPIRATION - A delightful discovery from the Victoria Indie Film Fest.
A fresh new Montreal filmmaker's no-budget film that outclasses most big budget projects. Every shot is beautifully composed, memorable characters you really care about, and each scene has a reason and depth. Smart sound track too.
Gavin Heffernan wrote and directed and co-starred as the reluctant protagonist on a journey "amidst the chaotic, yet seemingly predestined events of a Fall Montreal night". It is a labour of love project and it worked!
On the DVD, the real, not promotional, "making of" doc gives you as sense of the energy, sacrifice, and care that went into the production. And the "director's commentary" recorded hours after a marathon final editing session reflects the same. Gavin sounds somewhat dazed and, sitting in front of three uncorked Coronas, shares with us the triumph and wonder of a cool auteur's film, beautifully realized.
I'll be showing it soon as part of my weekly film series. Like POST CONCUSSION, discoveries like this are what I live for.
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