Brazilian surrealism, joyful sadism and a granny who wanders into her own thrillers at VIFF 2022 — Stir


sick of me (Norway)

October 5 at 9:30 p.m. at the Rio Theater and October 9 at 9:15 p.m. at the Vancity Theater

This vicious dark comedy is like a millennial king of comedy, observing its characters with gleeful sadism as they mutilate and endanger themselves in pursuit of attention. The premise conjures up around a million TikTok and YouTube “celebrities” – not accidentally, one suspects – although sick of me is set in a relatively archaic art world where gallery openings and glossy magazine covers still matter. Thomas (Eirik Sæther) is an up-and-coming concept artist who steals furniture and then advertises the “concept”. So he’s a pretentious jerk and a danger to himself, clearly, but his growing success is the seething envy of his partner Signa (Kristine Kujath Thorp), who is cute but seemingly indifferent to any kind of talent or charm. . And she works as a barista, which means she has no status with the couple’s friends at cocktail hour. What Signa does to make itself known – the focus is on Face– is really, really gross and really, really funny. A casual dig at Big Pharma completes the picture, ending on a note reminiscent of another urban cultural psychosis classic: Todd Haynes Sure. The film, by the way, benefits greatly from the work of cinematographer and Emily Carr University graduate Benjamin Loeb. A M


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