Okay, I just screened this movie for the fifth time in as many years (three of which have been in the past few weeks) and I’m curious to know how (or if) it is received outside of Canada. If you don’t know, it’s a little movie that follows a few Torontonians during the last few hours before some undefined astronomical catastrophe wipes out all life on earth. At the beginning of the film, the impending end of the world is a foregone conclusion which people have (more or less) come to terms with.
For me, this is a damned near perfect movie. Both McKellar and Sandra Oh turned in key performances that are understated yet incredibly affecting, and the supporting cast is made up of some spectacular talents who cheerfully turned up to hit their marks for relatively small roles – the peerless Geneviève Bujold plays the protagonist’s old schoolteacher who drops by for a… visit, the remarkable Arsinée Khanjian plays a mother who’s gone tharn on an abandoned TTC streetcar, Jackie Burroughs as a manic jogger, David Cronenberg as a gas company executive who takes customer service very seriously, and on and on…
This is where I imagine a chorus of non-Canadian voices going “Buh… who?” Okay, Cronenberg probably has some recognition — and Don McKellar probably rings a bell for serious film types — but I’m guessing the roster doesn’t really draw the eye much outside the frozen north.
…except now that the world at large is slowly starting to recognize to some degree how abso-fucking-lutely awesome Sandra Oh is, of course.
Anyway, any of y’all had the opportunity to see Last Night? Ever heard of it?
I can’t make up my mind whether it’s “too Canadian” to have much in the way of international appeal or not. Yeah, it’s pretty saturated – but on the other hand, the broad strokes of the movie are pretty universal – how we deal with the awareness of our own mortality and yadda yadda yadda. I’m curious to know.
Me, I’m blown away every time. Every note is perfect – from grim hysteria, surreal irony, and broad farce to existential terror, mundane tragedy, and touching optimism. There are a couple of scenes that make me lose my shit over and over again, no matter how I try to prepare for them. (Sandra Oh. Jesus, she can do a number on me.)
I’m also curious about what you might think about David Cronenberg’s character.Are we meant to understand that he was Sandra’s new husband?I’ve argued yes and no on this one. After the fifth viewing, I’m pretty sure that it’s “yes,” but it’s still so cussed ambiguous.