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This Beautiful City -- When a woman plummets from her condo balcony in Toronto's downtown westside, 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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Aaron Poole ... Johnny

Kristin Booth ... Pretty

Caroline Cave ... Carol

Noam Jenkins ... Harry
Stuart Hughes ... Peter

Kat Germain ... Zoe

Tony Nappo ... Crack
Jefferson Mappin ... Phil
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Akin ... Police Chief

Christopher Cordell ... Green Jacket Jock
Brian Frank ... Steve
Dawn Greenhalgh ... Mrs. Thompson

Kevin Hanchard ... Father

Stephen R. Hart ... Charity mover
Jalen Henry ... Young Boy

Marvin Ishmael ... Bill
Niki Landau ... Chester's Wife
Leyana Martinez ... Prostitute

Maxwell McCabe-Lokos ... Attendant
Kayla McCalla ... Young Girl

Jack Murray ... Waiter

Rahnuma Panthaky ... Female Doctor

Peter Schoelier ... Gordon

Julie Sype ... Secretary
Cherilee Taylor ... Physiotherapist (as Cherilee Garofano)

Directed by
Ed Gass-Donnelly 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ed Gass-Donnelly 

Produced by
Ed Gass-Donnelly .... producer
Lee Kim .... executive producer
Lee Kim .... producer
David Krae .... consulting producer
Aaron Poole .... producer
Julie Sype .... associate producer
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Micha Dahan 
Film Editing by
Ed Gass-Donnelly 
Casting by
Sara Kay 
Jenny Lewis 
Production Design by
Rachel Ford 
Costume Design by
Rachel Ford 
Makeup Department
Trason Fernandes .... special makeup effects artist
Natasha Nikolic .... makeup department head
Production Management
Paul Fler .... assistant production manager
Justin Kelly .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Justin Kelly .... first assistant director
Anja Sobkowska .... second assistant director
Art Department
Rachel Ford .... set designer
Sound Department
Steve Copley .... foley mixer
Nelson Ferreira .... sound
Steve Foster .... sound re-recording mixer
Stefan Fraticelli .... foley artist
David Ottier .... sound
Daniel Prado .... sound recordist
Nathan Robitaille .... sound effects editor
Paul Shubat .... sound re-recording mixer
Tyler Whitham .... assistant sound editor
Randy Wilson .... foley recordist
Christopher Cordell .... stunt coordinator
Alicia Turner .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Devon Burns .... gaffer
Dominika Dittwald .... assistant camera
Joseph Muscat .... still photographer
Everth Palomeque .... clapper loader
Editorial Department
Louis Casado .... color timer
Patrick Duchesne .... digital intermediate producer
Jim Fleming .... digital film colorist
Trevor White .... colorist: dailies
Location Management
Rebecca Conrad .... assistant location manager
Eric Gamache .... location manager
Other crew
Suzanne Cheriton .... unit publicist
Jesse McBride .... production assistant
Jeffrey P. Nesker .... script supervisor

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Canada:85 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Canada:18A (Ontario)
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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Forget the budget, notice the actors, 25 October 2008
Author: gbbetts from Canada

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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