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Toronto Film Review: ‘Weirdos’

23 September 2016 10:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Two veteran Canadian filmmakers meet in the middle with “Weirdos,” which finds a useful balance between director Bruce McDonald’s ’80s indie-hipster sensibility and scenarist Daniel MacIvor’s penchant for warmer, fuzzier dramedy. Their slender but pleasing black-and-white narrative finds two adolescents road-tripping toward bittersweet self-discovery across rural Nova Scotia. This modest Me Decade flashback should do well on the fest circuit, with decent prospects for mostly home-format niche sales.

Besties Kit (Dylan Authors) and Alice (Julia Sarah Stone) are plotting something — each has fibbed by telling their oblivious parents they’re spending the night at the other’s house. What the 15-year-olds are actually up to is hitching from their small inland town to not-much-larger Sydney on Cape Breton Island, where Kit plans to move in with the rarely heard-from mother his father Dave (Allan Hawco) divorced some years back. It’s not that his home-life status quo (or Alice’s) is bad, »

- Dennis Harvey

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[Tiff Review] Weirdos

19 September 2016 7:25 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Weirdos, the latest film from the quintessentially Canadian auteur Bruce McDonald, is on its face just another road trip comedy with the spirit of Andy Warhol, but this time Warhol actually appears on screen — although for legal reasons, per the credits, Rhys Bevan-John plays “Not Andy Warhol.” It’s the summer of 1976 in Nova Scotia when Kit (Dylan Authors) takes out on the road with his radiant pal Alice (Julia Sarah Stone). She’s as confused as he is when she asks if they’ll be having “goodbye sex,” something they’ve been putting off for an obvious reason.

Kit and Alice bum rides, walk, and hitchhike from Antigonish to the shore where Kit hopes to escape his father’s unkind words at home and move in with his mother Laura (Molly Parker), a hippy who regrets she ever moved out of Toronto. She’s presumably more open-minded than his »

- John Fink

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