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Considering Love and Other Magic – CIFF 2016

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93 minutes

4/5

On Tuesday night, I went to go see the world premiere of Considering Love and Other Magic.

This film is about a seventeen year old girl named Jessie who’s trying to come to terms with the suicide of her younger brother. It’s been very difficult. She has to see a psychologist two times a week, she’s failing almost all of her courses and she thought her shrink’s chair was red, until she told Jessie that it was actually white. When Jessie’s best friend Bridget finds out that Jessie is failing, she signs Jessie up to tutor kids for extra credit. The first boy Jessie has to tutor thinks he’s a work of fiction. With the help of Bridget, this new mysterious boy and a potential crush, Jessie will try to overcome her brother’s death.

Typically in a young adult film about real life, only one character has a compelling story arc and learns to grow as a character. In Considering Love and Other Magic, almost everyone learns something by the end. For example; Jessie learns to ask for help from others, Steven learns it’s okay to tell people your problems, Uncle Jasper learns that honesty is the best policy, Jessie’s mom learns its ok to let go,   etc…throughout the film it seemed like maturity was contagious.

Jessie had some great inner monologues throughout the film. I like the way she talks to the audience. The use of the monologues allows us to tell exactly what Jessie was thinking or feeling, you didn’t have to rely on what she actually says and does during a scene.

consideringlove-photo2This film is one of the first movies I’ve seen so far at the Calgary International Film Festival in 2016 that I think is truly directed to my age group. This film wasn’t just another teen movie about how hard the life of a teenager is, but it does talk about some of the struggles. It also doesn’t seem like the actors are trying too hard to be “your average teenager”, they just tried to be their characters, flaws and all. 

I also really enjoyed Maddie Phillips performance as Jessie. She brought Jessie to life as a three-dimensional character. Plus, she took teenage angst to the next level.

I took my friend Reatha to this movie because she’s around the same age as me and I thought she’d like this take at an abnormal teenage life. She also really liked it!

In conclusion, this film was great. It wasn’t trying to be a teen movie, it was trying to be a movie about teens, and I felt that was the secret to its success. It was entertaining; it had some light hearted parts like when Tommy is recreating a landing from space to earth,and some sad parts too like when they’re showing Jessie’s brother’s suicide. The entire audience was engaged and paid attention throughout. I really recommend this film for anyone of the over age of 12 (there´s some swearing.) 

It’s playing again at CIFF  Sunday, October 2nd at 11:45 am! Get your friends and go see it!

What to See at the Calgary International Film Festival 2016

This year I previewed some short films as well as a few feature films for the Calgary International Film Festival. In return I got a festival pass that lets me see all the movies I want! Here’s a list of some of the films I am most excited about.

Burn Your Maps

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This movie has Jacob Tremblay from Room in it! It’s bound to be good!

Girl Asleep

This film is about a fifteen year old girl whose parents throw her a surprise birthday party! That seems like such an intriguing plot line!

Cheer Up

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A documentary about cheerleaders from Finland. That sounds so strange I have to see it!

Considering Love and Other Magic

A storyline that involves a 14 year old boy that thinks he’s a work of fiction? Sign me up!

Sonita

This film sounds so cool. It’s about an 18 year old Afghan girl who immigrates to Tehran and wants to pursue a career in art and music – but her family wants her to get married. Sounds intense and topical!

Hello Destroyer

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This movie is about a fourteen year old boy who must deal with the consequences of being violent in a hockey game. Sounds relatable, I have a bunch of friends who play hockey.

Chokeslam

This movie is about a female wrestler and is written by the dad of one of my friends! This film is the Closing Gala movie and I’m so excited to go!

 

 

Visit http://www.calgaryfilm.com/schedule to see all of the dates and times for these movies at the calgary International Film Festival,  which is from Wednesday September 21st to Sunday October 2nd!

 

 

 

Here are some movies that I would totally see, if I was just a couple years older.

It’s Only The End of The World

This is a Xavier Dolan movie. Enough said.

Operation Avalanche

This is about the conspiracy that the moon landing was staged and not real. Who wouldn’t want to see that?

 

Trespass Against Us

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This film has Brendan Gleeson, who I know from Harry Potter and The Grand Seduction (a CIFF opening Gala film from a few years ago). Plus it has Magneto (Michael Fassbender).

Comment to let me know which movies you’re excited to see at the festival! 

Here’s a link to my review of  CIFF 2013’s opening gala film The Grand Seduction.

https://calgarykidcritic.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/at-the-ciff-2013-red-carpet-gala/