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Poster For TIFF Documentary 'Patron Saints' Channels Gwyneth In 'Contagion'

Photo of Katie Walsh By Katie Walsh | katiewalshwrites.com September 10, 2011 at 6:55AM

Look Away, Gwyneth, LOOK AWAY!We've heard a bit of buzz coming out of TIFF about the documentary feature "Patron Saints," the first feature from the filmmaking team Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky. The film centers on life at a nursing home, following the experience of one resident in particular. It's been described as unorthodox, hyperrealistic, lyrical, unsettling and even tinged with black humor. It definitely sounds like an intense experience and unlike anything we've seen before.
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Look Away, Gwyneth, LOOK AWAY!



We've heard a bit of buzz coming out of TIFF about the documentary feature "Patron Saints," the first feature from the filmmaking team Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky. The film centers on life at a nursing home, following the experience of one resident in particular. It's been described as unorthodox, hyperrealistic, lyrical, unsettling and even tinged with black humor. It definitely sounds like an intense experience and unlike anything we've seen before.

The team behind the film has released their latest one-sheet and it's a striking, haunting portrait of one of the subjects featured in the documentary. But, we can't help but notice the eerie similarity between the woman featured here and the now indelible image of a mid-seizure Gwyneth Paltrow from her "Contagion" character poster. It's got to be like looking into the future. Yikes. That's something we can't unsee!

Check out the official synopsis for the film after the jump. "Patron Saints" makes its debut at TIFF.

The Patron Saints is a disquieting and hyperrealistic glimpse into life at a nursing home. Bound by the candid confessions of a recently disabled resident, the film weaves haunting images, scenes and stories from within the institution walls. Sidestepping conventional documentary methods for a heightened cinematic approach to storytelling, filmmakers Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky employ lyrical realism and black humor in this charged portrait of fading bodies and minds.

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