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This Beautiful City (2007)

 |  Drama  |  4 April 2008 (USA)
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When a woman plummets from her condo balcony in Toronto's West Queen West neighbourhood, five turbulent lives collide, releasing spurts and geysers of long suppressed sexuality and aggression.

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When a woman plummets from her condo balcony in Toronto's West Queen West neighbourhood, five turbulent lives collide, releasing spurts and geysers of long suppressed sexuality and aggression.

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Forget the budget, notice the actors
25 October 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie feels cheaply made, but considering its subject matter, it makes sense. The gritty cinema-verite style jumps back and forth between the lives of street workers and condo dwellers, gradually drawing these two worlds ever closer. Jump cuts and hand-held cameras work in this context.

The best thing about the movie, and the thing that ultimately overcomes the poor filming, is the acting. Great performances by Aaron Poole (who is also the producer), Kristin Booth (from MVP), and Caroline Cave (from the L Word) create a genuine tension on screen. The story itself is clever, and the dialogue understated, but the acting borders on magnificent. Not only do they manage to create something riveting, but smart as well. The setting, the city, looks fabulous.


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