Friday, September 11, 2015

TIFF 2015: Demolition

Demolition stars Jake Gyllenhall as Davis, a man who is trying to find himself and be able to feel something after his wife is killed in a car accident (not much of a spoiler as the accident occurs very very early in the film). While everyone around him is overcome with grief, Davis is numb, and finds himself drawn to taking things apart to fix what is wrong with them and to understand how they work. His behaviour becomes more and more inappropriate, and as this is going on he develops a correspondence and friendship with a woman (Naomi Watts as Karen) who has received his complaint about the vending machine that stole his money at the hospital the day his wife died. It turns out he is not the only one acting inappropriately, as Karen and her son Chris have issues of their own. His urge to disassemble escalates to the point where he just wants to destroy things, and together with Karen and Chris, this produces the catharsis he needs to start putting his life back together. It's a little more complex and crazy and funny and weird than that, but that's the basic story line.

Director Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, Wild), writer Bryan Sipe and actors Heather Lind (the dead wife Julia) and Judah Lewis (who plays Karen's 15-year old son Chris) were on hand at the screening to answer questions. Bryan Sipe drew inspiration from his background as a construction/demolition worker. Judah Lewis gave some very deep and mature answers to questions about how he prepared for the role, and how it has affected his life after making the film.

This is a fabulous film that is a little hard to describe in a way that gets across how it makes you feel.

TIFF 2015 Overview

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