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A Simple Curve (2005)
New Denver is lovely
Saw this at VIFF, as the Canadian Images opener. There are some lovely aerial shots of the area. This is great. And there are some really funny character moments, and solid comic dialogue. But where, oh where, did the story/plot go? This is a film that cannot be described as "character driven" -- there is an attempt at plot on some level, to do with a long-lost family friend who returns to start up a business. But somewhere that gets lost, and the comic scenes end up driving the film along.
Something happened in post, I'm thinking, as it just feels like a whole bunch of story hit the floor and not the screen.
Don't get me wrong -- the director/writer has talent. But at the end of the night I was happy to know I hadn't had to fork over hard cash to sit through it. There was just no drive to keep my attention.