EXPIRATION - A delightful discovery from the Victoria Indie Film Fest.
A fresh new Montreal filmmaker's no-budget film that outclasses most big budget projects. Every shot is beautifully composed, memorable characters you really care about, and each scene has a reason and depth. Smart sound track too.
Gavin Heffernan wrote and directed and co-starred as the reluctant protagonist on a journey "amidst the chaotic, yet seemingly predestined events of a Fall Montreal night". It is a labour of love project and it worked!
On the DVD, the real, not promotional, "making of" doc gives you as sense of the energy, sacrifice, and care that went into the production. And the "director's commentary" recorded hours after a marathon final editing session reflects the same. Gavin sounds somewhat dazed and, sitting in front of three uncorked Coronas, shares with us the triumph and wonder of a cool auteur's film, beautifully realized.
I'll be showing it soon as part of my weekly film series. Like POST CONCUSSION, discoveries like this are what I live for.
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