It's TIFF day 11, and we're climbing that stairway to heaven.
That Led Zeppelin reference may be a bit of a stretch when it comes to the final day of TIFF. The festival is ending, and thus is proverbially going to heaven (though some might argue hell), but us, the stair climbers, are left in a limbo at the fest’s closure. In any event, the rhyming game has been a hard one so please excuse such allegorical liberties. Let’s get to the movies! Why not close out the festival with Béla Tarr’s rumoured last film, The Turin Horse ()? Long, beautiful and ultimately about the descent into nothingness it seems like a symbolic good fit as with the end of the festival, we’re unsure what we’ll do with the gaping bleak TIFF-shaped hole in our lives. On such a philosophical note, the grim but utterly compelling documentary Patron Saints () will make you ponder the ephemeral nature of youth and the passage of time. Or, if you’re in the mood for ancient family strife—and really, who isn’t—The Forgiveness of Blood () is your cup of tea.
Well, these are all pretty depressing picks, but we’re pretty down about TIFF coming to an end. So feel free to try for brighter options here.
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