Monday, October 22, 2012

Cinefemale's AMERICAN MARY Review

"Day one of Toronto After Dark film festival began with a bang. The Canadian premiere of a film by the twisted twins—Jen & Sylvia Soska—was out of this world and I was so happy to be in the audience. However, the show really began outside in the rain. It was one of those unexpected heavy downpours that was made extra gross by the already brisk fall forecast. As a passholder, there is little privilege to being able to go in first when you still have to wait outside in line. My feet were sopping wet but it did not deter me. I’m sure the girls noted the dedication of their fans because they ran outside to greet us, in sexy matching outfits, to thank us for coming and hug each of us down the line. Uhmazing start."

When it was confirmed that we had been accepted and would in fact be having our Canadian premiere of AMERICAN MARY at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, we swelled with patriotic pride. Not only because after a long and a highly anticipated wait we'd at long last be having our debut in our home country, but because we would be premiering at a festival that is known for being the best of the best. We felt like home coming Queens of Horror and it was a massive honor that filled us with the kind of patriotic pride we had only previously experienced when Vancouver hosted the Winter Olympics and both our mens and womens hockey teams had walked away with Gold. Having our own home country not only "get" the film but fully embrace it and us left us more than just a little teary eyed. And being able to discuss it with brilliant minds such as the Cinefemale has left us with lasting after glow.

"Let’s just forget  about how lovely and enigmatic the directors are for a second, because the film is strong enough on its own. Yes, it helps knowing the directors are awesome human beings, but I would have enjoyed American Mary regardless. The film follows Katharine Isabelle (known for her role as Ginger in Ginger Snaps) as Mary who is a medical student hoping to begin her career as a surgeon. Mary is an unconventional leading lady in many ways. She’s extremely complex and just when I thought I began to “get” her, she transitioned to something else. A phenomenal performance played by Isabelle, who really made Mary a believable character you could root for. When a tragic event happens to her, she hardly embodies the role of the victim."

 But you'll have to read on for the FULL REVIEW HERE.

Fatally Yours,

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