TIFF 2006 Preview: Contemporary World Cinema: True Love/Citizen Duane
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TIFF 2006 Preview: Contemporary World Cinema: True Love/Citizen Duane

True Love: The latest film from the superb Adam Brodie and Dave Derewlany, it is, like so many of their works, a little hard to distinguish from a comedy sketch, unless you remember just how bad sketch shows currently are. This goes a little farther than most though by taking its flight of fancy to wonderful extremes, keeping the joke going well into the credits. Completely brilliant. 4.5/5
2006_09_06_duane.jpgCitizen Duane: This Torontoist will be honest: He hasn’t seen The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico. Upon watching Citizen Duane he found himself not desperately wishing he had; he found himself desperately wishing he was watching it instead.
We had to wonder where was the creative humour that we’ve heard so much about? More than that, where on Earth did this meandering and clumsy plot come from?
Duane Balfour is the bitter son of a deceased man who was reviled as a lunatic, and the majority of his ire is aimed towards the richest and most powerful family of the small town community, who are, quite obviously, massive jerks. He concocts a variety of obviously foolish plans before settling on the most foolish of all: to run for mayor against the matriarch.
This is a fairly solid introduction to a movie; one almost expects our following sentence to be “hilarity ensues.” Now it very well might, if Duane himself wasn’t almost as big a jerk as his enemies. We could put that down to being written as a petulant teenager, but if they’d toned him down we might have been more able to get behind him in his crazy scheme… Which unfortunately ends limply.
Now, we don’t like to place blame here at Torontoist, but we’re going to say that first-time feature writers Jonathan Sobol and Robert DeLeskie stunk this up, because it’s directed and edited with skill. Actor Donal Logue (of the reprehensible sitcom “Grounded for Life”) is surprisingly the shining star, as he’s in the one utterly fantastic, creative and humourous scene of the entire movie. There’s only the one, though. 2/5

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