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Werewolf

Directed by Ashley McKenzie
Canada, 2016 (fiction, 78 minutes, colour, English)

Film Description:
"The hardscrabble existence of two homeless addicts is portrayed with sensitivity and brutal honesty in acclaimed filmmaker Ashley McKenzie's debut feature. Shot almost entirely in oblique close-ups to capture the disorientation and frustration of McKenzie's characters, twentysomething junkies Blaise and Vanessa, Werewolf doggedly and courageously refuses to romanticize its characters lives. (The style suggests an affinity for Toronto minimalists such as Kazik Radwanski, and Lodge Kerrigan's Clean, Shaven.) Sleeping in tents, fighting with government bureaucrats, Blaise and Vanessa survive primarily through an underground economy. They harass people to let them cut their grass with a rusty old mower they haul over dirt roads and through rainstorms. Such scenes capture the futility, toil, and frustration in their lives with startling power, like some crack-addled version of the Stations of the Cross. It's a testament to the skill of both McKenzie and the performers that they inspire empathy in us even as we find the characters' actions perplexing and troubling. Werewolf confirms, boldly, the promise of McKenzie's much-lauded earlier short films."
-- Steve Gravestock (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Ashley McKenzie
Produced by: Nelson MacDonald, Ashley McKenzie
Principal Cast: Andrew Gillis, Kyle M. Hamilton, Bhreagh MacNeil
Cinematography: Scott Moore
Film Editing: Ashley McKenzie
Music: Youth Haunts
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