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Film

TIFF 2011 Day 9

There was a 1 hour delay in the start time of Smuggler due to technical difficulties. Fortunately, Bobcat Goldthwait was in the audience and gave an impromptu stand up routine.

Back at the historic Elgin to see Hysteria

The Elgin

Hysteria
Romantic comedy based on the true story of the invention of the vibrator. I was laughing so hard that I had tears coming out of my eyes. An overall crowd-pleaser with an undercurrent of social commentary, specifically on women’s rights and socialized medicine. Even if you don’t believe in those things, see this film anyways because laughter is universal, and who isn’t interested in female orgasms? 9/10

Director Tanya Wexler

Smuggler
Converging stories of a deadly assassin and a conscripted smuggler, based on a short manga story. Very strong start with an amazing slow motion action sequence but diminishes after that. Pacing is a bit uneven, but I really enjoyed the quirky high-strung characters. 8/10

Director Katsuhito Ishii

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