Director Bruce McDonald shows his gentler side in this unconventional family drama.
Bruce McDonald (Canada, Special Presentation)
Monday, September 9, 7:30 p.m.
Scotiabank 1 (259 Richmond Street West)
Wednesday, September 11, 9 p.m.
Ryerson Theatre (43 Gerrard Street East)
Saturday, September 14, 12 p.m.
Scotiabank 14 (259 Richmond Street West)
With The Husband, “bad boy of Canadian Cinema” Bruce McDonald (director of Hard Core Logo, The Tracey Fragments, Trigger, and more) trades his signature subjects—rock’n’roll, drugs, and death—for one that’s just as salacious, but that hits much closer to home. Written by and starring Toronto’s own Maxwell McCabe-Lokos (also from The Tracey Fragments), the film focuses on the titular husband, Henry Andreas—an advertising man raising his infant son while his wife, Alyssa (Sarah Allen), is nearing the end of a prison sentence for sleeping with a 14-year-old student. McCabe-Lokos’s script offers a perspective rarely considered in such tabloid fodder-y stories—one that deals with an attempt to rebuild a marriage, a family, and a man’s utterly destroyed confidence. McDonald uses an unexpectedly gentle hand here, treating each character like a bird with a broken wing. McCabe-Lokos is equally impressive as the eternally confused Henry, who is never sure where he should direct his anger. But as realistic as that uncertainty is, the audience ultimately shares in Henry’s lack of catharsis. As his behaviour gets odder and his outbursts more passionate, we almost feel like he’s making progress. In the end, though, we don’t see much of the real him.