i am a good person/i am a bad person
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i am a good person/i am a bad person

Ingrid Veninger's latest, darkest feature proves her best yet.

Ingrid Veninger (Canada, Vanguard)

Ingrid Veninger must have got the memo about her previous features, first-love stories Only and Modra, leaning towards the sentimental. Her latest, i am a good person/i am a bad person, seems almost the opposite in its lack of sentimentality. And that’s good. It’s probably the best film she’s made.

Continuing her trend of casting her kids as principals, good person stars Veninger’s daughter, Hallie Switzer, as Sara White, an 18-year-old roped into following her filmmaker mother (Veninger herself) around Europe for a handful of screenings. Stressed by a potential pregnancy (and the affected eyeglasses her mom sports for show), Sara sets off alone to Paris to connect with some old family. Meanwhile, mother Ruby treks to Berlin, where we watch as she tries desperately to promote her film, donning not only faux spectacles but a sandwich board reading “i am a good person” on the front and “i am a bad person” on the back. Besides being a cold family drama (that is no less affecting than Veninger’s previous efforts), good person also doubles as a darkly funny, deeply moving satire of the life of a festival-hopping indie filmmaker.

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