Friday, July 1, 2016

YOU GOT A WEIRD THING FOR CANADIAN MELODRAMA:  On this Dominion Day Canada Day we contemplate one of life's burning questions: what makes a film a Canadian film?  Is it the setting? The director and cast? Must it be filmed in Canada? (Can a movie be filmed in Canada and not be "Canadian"?) Must it be Canadian in tone and pacing, whatever that means? Is eligibility for the Genie Canadian Screen Awards sufficient? (Do you consider Room, Brooklyn, or Meatballs to be Canadian films?)

FWIW, my favorite film from The True North remains Atom Egoyan's Exotica, though I think the best is Dead Ringers -- I just can't bear to watch it again, no matter how good Jeremy Irons was in it.

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