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Amy George: Low budget and low light, but also many high points

A scene from Amy George

Courtesy TIFF

2 out of 4 stars


Directed by Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas (Canada)

Shot on a budget so low as to be subterranean, this first-time feature by a couple of Sheridan College-trained cineastes nevertheless has its charms, including a pitch-perfect performance by Gabriel del Castillo Mullally as Jesse, the film's cherubic, artistically minded 13-year-old protagonist who wanders Toronto's leafy Riverdale in a state of sexual inquisitiveness/frustration. For all its seeming waywardness, the movie is, in fact, quite tightly structured, its milieu well-observed, the dialogue smart, occasionally hilarious. However, its production values are often onerously funky, the lighting, in particular, so murky as to make a Dogme 95 feature seem positively luminous in comparison.

Sept. 13, 6 p.m., AMC 9; Sept. 15, 9:15 p.m., AMC 2; Sept. 17, 12:30 p.m., AMC 10

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