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A scene from "i am a good person/i am a bad person"

Courtesy TIFF

3 out of 4 stars

Country
USA
Language
English

Directed by Ingrid Veninger (Canada)

The Toronto indie cinema queen returns to TIFF with an intimate, low-budget family drama about artistic pretensions while unfolding the story of a fraying – or maybe evolving – mother-daughter bond. An extroverted experimental artist (Veninger) and her reserved 18-year-old daughter (Veninger's own daughter, Hallie Switzer), who just learned she's pregnant, temporarily part ways during a European trip. Veninger mingles her low-key script with spontaneous scenes (the movie was filmed during an actual journey), to create a realistic, funny, touching picture of life's "in-between" moments.

Sept. 13, 12:30 p.m., Lightbox 4; Sept. 17, 8:45 p.m., Lightbox 4

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