Canadian Film Festival 2017: Our Review of ‘Lost Solace’

Canadian Film Festival 2017: Our Review of ‘Lost Solace’

Lost Solace begins with rear male nudity. In some jurisdictions that’s a caveat but for me it’s a way to my heart. But let’s discuss the owner of that rear. Let’s do that before I lose my credibility as a critic. His name is Spence (Andrew Jenkins). After that scene he uses that rear to con an attractive older woman out of her possessions. Because he’s a literal psychopath. Afterwards he goes clubbing and takes a tweaked version of ecstasy.

For the first ten minutes of Chris Scheuerman’s film Spence acts like the Terminator. The ecstasy dealer (Brendan Fletcher) uses the comparison in describing a man who walks like a hot silent robot. Neve Campbell once said about not messing with the original. Anyway, the ecstasy deteriorates his psychopathy and makes him feel emotions. He then spends a long time having seizures like a superhero before he becomes one.

Pointers for people writing movies about body transformations – it shouldn’t take that long. I also had to look up how often we see psychopaths on screen. And we do often enough tent pole productions. Lost Solace is a smaller affair yet it still has an artificial and exploitative air to it. He tries to fight off the new drug’s effect and finally speak lines. This time it’s to seduce another woman named Azaria (Melissa Roxburgh).

The film adds one sublot after another. But here’s a thing about making a messy film – end it well and I’ll forgive a lot. Spence finally meets a match when he can no longer hide his symptoms. He meets a doctor named Betty (Leah Gibson). Roxburgh is competent but it’s Gibson’s Betty who deflects Spence’s bs. Her presence helps bring the best stage in Jenkins’ performance, as both pull something personal out of Scheuerman’s script.

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While Paolo Kagaoan is not taking long walks in shrubbed areas, he occasionally watch movies and write about them. His credentials are as follows: he has a double major in English and Art History. This means that, for example, he will gush at the art direction in the Amityville house and will want to live there, which is a terrible idea because that house has ghosts. Follow him @paolokagaoan on Instagram but not while you're working.
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