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Chiral

Canada 2015
produced by
Nelson Leis, Vanessa Walsh, Karen Lam, Karen Wong for First Glance Productions, Opiate Pictures
directed by Karen Lam
starring Nelson Leis, Vanessa Walsh, Ingrid Nilson, Elfina Luk, Agnes Tong, Jessye Ashworth, Nina Dosdall
story by Nelson Leis, Vanessa Walsh, Karen Lam, screenplay by Karen Lam, music by Patric Caird

short

review by
Mike Haberfelner

It should have been 100% Hank's (Nelson Leis) day: After years of work, he opens his first art gallery, finally he's the center of attention, and his career is thus taking the next step. He can't shake his social anxieties though, it's hell for him to build up enough self confidence and just go out there. Fortunately, his sister Astrid Ingrid Nilson) is there for moral support, she grabs his tablet he clings to to not have to save the real world and pushes him in front of potential buyers, and by the by he warms up to the idea of social interaction with strangers ... until he sees somebody stealing his tablet, and instead of just writing it off as loss and see to it that his opening becomes a big success, he chases the thief (Vanessa Walsh) through the streets - and when he finally corners her in a dead end, he'll stop at nothing to get his tablet back ... but things do not always turn out the way they're supposed to, not at all ...

 

Chiral (meaning "an object that's not identical to its mirror image") is a bit of a mindfuck of a movie as it does not follow a traditional genre formula but twists and turns and throws out false leads for the audience to keep one weirded out at the very end - and that's a very good thing, because as a result, Chiral is nothing if not creepy thanks to its efforts to throw the audience off course (on both a narrative and directorial level), and a film that keeps one guessing (in the best possible way) long after it's over.

Totally worth your time.

 

Screener courtesy of the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival, November 27th - 29th 2015, Carlton Cinemas, Toronto, ON - http://www.bloodinthesnow.ca/

 

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