Toronto 2011 Journal, Part 9: The Unresolved Ending
Photo of Lars von Trier, courtesy Magnolia Pictures
In little over a week, I've watched 25 films. (I may try catching a few more before I leave on Sunday, if my annoying cold will allow me.) I did my best to separate the gems from the dreck. Seeing so many movies back-to-back, however, makes it difficult to know for sure if there are ones you missed the boat on. Second viewings aided by the benefit of perspective (and maybe a little sleep) will help clarify movies in my mind. Was I too easy on "Sarah Palin: You Betcha!"? Was I too hard on "A Dangerous Method"? Why do I want to see "Twixt" again, even though I didn't ultimately like it? (More on that later today when my review is posted.) You think you know how you feel about a movie, but sometimes it grows on you or reveals new layers you didn't notice the first time. Being a movie critic is such fun, but it's far from an exact science.
So that's why I feel like any opinions you end up having about a film festival after it's over are always a little unresolved. If anything, Toronto just gives you a glimpse of the movies we'll be seeing in the next few months. But it's not the final word. There were many, many that I couldn't make, and there were a few I did see that I'm still chewing over. That's the way movies are. The best and most interesting ones never really end; they stay with us and keep asking us questions. I may still be wrapping my head around all I saw in Toronto, but I do know this: We've all got a lot of great movies to look forward to in the near future. All in all, that's a pretty happy ending.