Weirdos

Canada 2016. Dir: Bruce McDonald. 89 min. DCP

“Julia Sarah Stone glows in every frame of this film ... Stone has quickly emerged as one of the most promising actors of her generation.”
MATT FAGERHOLM, ROGEREBERT.COM

The latest gem from Canadian master maverick Bruce McDonald (Highway 61, Hard Core Logo, Pontypool) is a quirky coming-of-age road movie set in 1976 Nova Scotia — and set to a killer soundtrack of ’70s CanCon pop from the likes of Edward Bear, The Stampeders, Crowbar, and others. Scripted by noted Canadian playwright Daniel McIvor, Weirdos has misfit teen Kit (Dylan Authors) and his would-be girlfriend Alice (Vancouver’s Julia Sarah Stone) ditching small-town Antigonish to visit Kit’s artsy, eccentric mom (Molly Parker) in big-city Sydney. Along the way, Alice begins to doubt Kit’s sexuality, while Kit begins receiving advice from his “spirit animal” — the ghost of Andy Warhol! McDonald’s low-key charmer is shot in lovely monochrome by cinematographer Becky Parsons. As we went to press, it had been nominated for six Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Picture, Original Screenplay, and Supporting Actress (Parker).


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REVIEWS

"A tender but never sappy memory piece ... Weirdos is quietly alive with the sensuous detail of the road, the thrill of dislocation, and the unknown territory of that once-in-a-lifetime cusp, being 15."

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