September 23

Day#5 Of TIFF -Mon.,Sept.12th,2022


TIFF22-The Whale-September 12, 9 am

Intense drama with  Moby Dick metaphors and a powerful performance by Brendan Fraser, winner of the TIFF Tribute Award for Performance, as the reclusive self-destructive and ill 600 pound Charlie seeking redemption from his angry estranged daughter.

The film evolves as the health of the self-isolating online writing instructor Charlie (Fraser) starts to rapidly deteriorate such that his friend Liz (Hong Chau,), a nurse, begs him to check into a hospital, but decides ultimately to simply offer support out of compassion.

The divorced Charlie also reaches out to his estranged teen-aged daughter, Ellie (Sadie Sink), but finds that he needs to bribe her by promising to write her essay as a last-ditch effort for her to not get a failing grade. Meanwhile, Charlie receives visits from a door-to-door evangelist (Ty Simpkins), who has been providing Charlie with some social contact while trying to espouse religious redemption.
TIFF Tribute Award for Performance presented by IMDbPro, which was presented to Brendan Fraser for his outstanding performance in The Whale at the TIFF Tribute Awards gala fundraiser on September 11.


TIFF22-Alice, Darling-September 12, 12:30 pm

A realistic drama  of close female friends escaping to the lakes of cottage country to celebrate a birthday to cleanse and free Alice, portrayed by Anna Kendrick, from her emotionally abusive controlling relationship.

Alice’s close longtime friends, played by Kaniehtiio Horn (Letterkenny) and Wunmi Mosaku (Lovecraft Country), are unaware of the relationship dynamics between Alice and her superficially charming  boyfriend Simon (Charlie Carrick), including the fact that Alice had told him that she was actually on an important business trip instead of a birthday celebration.

Anna Kendrick realistically shows the anxiety due to the emotional turmoil of domestic abuse, and the struggle to get relief.

We attended the red carpet for Raymond And Ray starring Ethan Hawke and Ewan McGregor at the Roy Thompson Hall.

After the Raymond And Ray red carpet, we attended our next screener.


TIFF22-The Banshees of Inisherin-September 12, 6:30 pm

Irish light and dark humour fable of two longtime friends, portrayed by Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, in a dispute with shocking consequences, directed by Oscar-winning writer-director Martin McDonagh, situated on a bucolic emerald Irish isle.

Despite being a dark but witty fable, this tale of petty grievances, between close friends, leading to ongoing dire results,  is a highly entertaining display of the foibles of human nature.

Our last stop for day#5 was at the TIFF Bell Lightbox for Nanny – 2022 Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner.

In attendance was :Nikyatu Jusu – Director / Writer, Daniela Taplin Lundberg – Producer,
Nikkia Moulteri – Producer, Anna Diop, Zephani Idoko, Michelle Monaghan and Sinqua Walls.
After the red carpet, we ended day#5 and rested up for day#6.