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This Beautiful City (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama | 4 April 2008 (USA)
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When a woman plummets from her condo balcony in Toronto's West Queen West neighbourhood, five turbulent lives collide, releasing spurts and geysers of long suppressed sexuality and aggression.

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Ed Gass-Donnelly
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Credited cast:
Aaron Poole ... Johnny
Kristin Booth ... Pretty
Caroline Cave ... Carol
Noam Jenkins ... Harry
Stuart Hughes ... Peter
Kat Germain Kat Germain ... Zoe
Tony Nappo ... Crack
Jefferson Mappin ... Phil
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Akin Philip Akin ... Police Chief
Christopher Cordell ... Green Jacket Jock
Brian Frank ... Steve
Dawn Greenhalgh ... Mrs. Thompson
Kevin Hanchard ... Father
Stephen R. Hart ... Charity mover
Jalen Henry Jalen Henry ... Young Boy
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When a woman plummets from her condo balcony in Toronto's West Queen West neighbourhood, five turbulent lives collide, releasing spurts and geysers of long suppressed sexuality and aggression.

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4 April 2008 (USA) See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Forget the budget, notice the actors
25 October 2008 | by gbbettsSee all my reviews

This movie feels cheaply made, but considering its subject matter, it makes sense. The gritty cinema-verite style jumps back and forth between the lives of street workers and condo dwellers, gradually drawing these two worlds ever closer. Jump cuts and hand-held cameras work in this context.

The best thing about the movie, and the thing that ultimately overcomes the poor filming, is the acting. Great performances by Aaron Poole (who is also the producer), Kristin Booth (from MVP), and Caroline Cave (from the L Word) create a genuine tension on screen. The story itself is clever, and the dialogue understated, but the acting borders on magnificent. Not only do they manage to create something riveting, but smart as well. The setting, the city, looks fabulous.


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