Thursday, 23 April 2009

Only

Writers/Directors: Simon Reynolds & Ingrid Veninger - feature film directorial debuts
Cast: Jacob Switzer, Elena Hudgins Lyle, Ingrid Veninger, Simon Reynolds
Canada, 2009

Reason to see: Compelled by the premise of two kids just around teenager age forming an unlikely friendship, and missed it at TIFF'08

Only was inspired by Northern Ontario in the 70's, a vibe that you can certainly feel in the film but the beauty of it is how it transcends time and place and lands on a chance friendship that could happen anytime or anywhere.

The young leads played by Jacob Switzer and Elena Hudgins Lyle give strong performances showing how different we can be depending on who we are with and what our relationship is with those around us. Who brings out the troublemaker in you and or who are you around when you get to be truly yourself. We learn from the two protagonists, Daniel & Vera as they learn from each other about their worlds, their thoughts and experiences in a way that rings true to friendships that crop up in unlikely but beautiful places.

Only is fantastic exploration of friendship through everyday adventures and how they can make the world special. The quiet pace and gentle tone of the film give a naturalistic feel that is easy to relax into and relate to. The music fits in perfectly, bridging characters in a unique way.

Shannon's Overall View:
I enjoyed it
I'll watch it again
I recommend it

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1 comment:

Trista DeVries said...

Shannon this movie sounds amazing! I'm totally going to have to see it now. There are entirely too few movies that adequately explore relationships and friendships. Awesome review.

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