Jean of the Joneses

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“It’s like a Woody Allen movie if he was a Jamaican woman.”  That’s how someone described Canadian writer-director Stella Meghi’s debut feature comedy Jeans of the Joneses at a recent screening I attended.  It’s an accurate description of what I have to say was one of the most entertaining and satisfying movie experiences I have enjoyed in some time.

Meghie’s quick-witted dialogue and directorial style really add to the quirkiness of the comedy which focuses on a young writer and her interactions with her dysfunctional family in the aftermath of a death in the family and a failed relationship.  The film was a hit at TIFF 2016 and I recommend you check it out if you have a chance.  Here’s the trailer.

 

The Stairs

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Winner of the Toronto Film Critics Association prize for Best Canadian Feature of 2016, Hugh Gibson’s documentary The Stairs is a challenging look at the lives of those who live on the margins.

I saw this film at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival earlier this year and was blown away by the sensitivity of the filmmaker and the amazing access to the subjects in Toronto’s Regent Park.

The film is now streaming on-demand at tvo.org.  Here’s the trailer.

You can access the film directly at the tvo.org site by clicking  this link.