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A scene from the short film "The Tape"

2.5 out of 4 stars

Title
The Tape
Directed by
Matt Austin Sadowski
Genre
Drama
Country
Canada

Director Matt Austin Sadowski's short, which was presented at Cannes as part of Telefilm Canada's Not Short on Talent program, begins with a man digging through boxes in his attic to find a tape, and it is only when he finds it that the real problem begins. It's a VHS tape and he sold his player long ago. So he begins a journey across Toronto trying to find someone with the outmoded technology that will allow him to watch the tape. There is a funny encounter with a child, but Sadowski smartly avoids the temptation to let the material turn farcical. Instead, he has created a charming film with an ending that is perhaps too sentimental but nevertheless explores a theme we can all relate to, and all in a six-minute run time.

Wednesday, Sept. 12, Tiff Bell Lightbox 2, 6 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 13, TIFF Bell Lightbox 4, 2 p.m.

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