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TIFF: Day 4 lookahead

arts-chloe.jpg Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried in a scene from Atom Egoyan's film Chloe. (Rafy, Studio Canal/TIFF 2009)

The dawn of an exciting day at ye olde TIFFe – some of the highest-profile titles at this year’s event are premiering today.

There’s Michael Moore’s latest documentary, Capitalism: A Love Story, which is well timed given the palpitations in the financial markets in the last 12 months. Expect Moore’s usual ambush-style interviews with corporate muckymucks, not to mention his trademark grandstanding. I was struck by a quote Moore gave Canadian Press, in which he said he hopes his film will put “a stake through the heart of the beast.” Friend, without capitalism, there wouldn’t be a film industry. Do you expect to build buzz for Capitalism through proletarian word of mouth? I don’t question Moore’s conviction, but he could rein in the glib slogans.

Here’s what else is screening today:

- Chloe – Atom Egoyan’s latest film is being touted as his most accessible picture yet, a rather positive development after the turgid Adoration. The plot of Chloe involves a woman (Julianne Moore) who hires an escort named Chloe (Amanda Seyfried) to test the fidelity of her increasingly distant husband, David (Liam Neeson). Our own Jelena Adzic raved about this cool emotional thriller, particularly its sexy portrayal of Toronto.

- Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” By Sapphire – produced by Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey, this Sundance winner has already gained a rep as one of the most intense pieces of cinema this year. Set in Harlem in 1987, the film chronicles the life of a 17-year-old girl named Claireece “Precious” Jones, who is impregnated by her father and emotionally and physically abused by her mother. The film features an astounding lead performance by Gabourey Sidibe, as well as a monstrously good turn by Mo’Nique as Precious’s mom. To quote my colleague Jessica Wong, the film is “heavy… but hopeful.” While we’re on the topic of “heavy” (and Oprah)...

- The Road – based on the Oprah-endorsed novel by Cormac McCarthy, this film stars the inimitable Viggo Mortenson. Father and son traverse devastated, post-apocalyptic landscape with no goal other than survival. Expect little dialogue, lots of forbidding weather and Viggo with a ragged beard.



- Whip It – Directed by Drew Barrymore and starring Canada’s Ellen Page and the uproarious Kristen Wiig, Whip It is a snappy tale about a young tomboy (Page) who defies her strait-laced parents by sloughing off beauty pageants and joining a roller derby. How can this film be anything other than awesome? Very exciting: Whip It cast members, as well as the Toronto Roller Derby League, are hosting a demo at Yonge-Dundas Square at 5:30pm.

-- Andre Mayer

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