TIFF 2014 Review: Still
An entry in the Short Cuts Canada Programme at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Still is a heart-pounding psychological thriller that makes a grand statement about abusive relationships.
Sadie and her boyfriend are stranded after their car breaks down in the snowy woods. Her boyfriend blames her for the incident and is violent and aggressive towards her. After an accident that occurs over a frozen lake, our circumstances drastically change in an unexpected twist that exemplifies the cycle of love and hate that Sadie finds herself in. Still uses a sci-fi spin in order to comment on the position of someone in an extremely difficult position, that of being scared and in love. Director Slater Jewell-Kemker tells a powerful and impacting story that makes a film that only lasts sixteen minutes more gripping and powerful than many full-length features. With brilliant performances by Emily Piggford and Giacomo Gianniotti, Still is a film that will stay with you and that will make you think. Not only is it brilliant in concept, but it is beautifully shot, well-acted and unforgettable. Do not miss this film in the Short Cuts Canada Programme.