A film essentially exploring what I would call "unrequited bonds," Hirokazu Kore-Eda's "Still Walking" (film sill above) is ultimately my favorite film of the fest. And the last one I saw here in Toronto. But, I hope that doesn't create unintended expectations for this tender new film. I totally fell for "Nobody Knows" a few years back and for me this one is on par. A lot is going on in both the foreground and the background of so many seemingly straightforward sequences in "Still Walking." A nearly fragile work, the movie unfolds so effortlessly, and drew me in so subtly, that when it was over I was sort of bummed to have to leave the theater.
Thursday was a good movie day here in Toronto. I also finally caught up with Steve McQueen's striking "Hunger." A terrific collection of shots and sequences build to a showcase encounter at the core of the film. In one long, long take, two characters underscore the narrative with a rather stunning two-man conversation that builds and build, and builds even further. And finally, I also caught Rick Linklater's latest, "Me and Orson Welles." While others have been somewhat critical, I was apparently charmed by Zac Efron and the idealistic, youthful ambition on display (but Claire Danes, not so much). Even more entertaining: Christian McKay's portrayal of Welles.