TIFF 2017: Our Review of ‘Luk’Luk’I’

Posted in Movies, Theatrical, TIFF 2017 by - September 12, 2017
TIFF 2017: Our Review of ‘Luk’Luk’I’

Here’s a docudrama where the actors play fictionalized versions of themselves. A sex worker (Angel Gates) motors across town to buy a gift for her daughter. A labourer (Eric Buurman) and a skateboarder (Joe Buffalo) deals with fractured families and drugs. Roller Girl (Roller Girl) puts on her skates and make-up, trying to negotiate a merchandise deal. And a different abled man (Ken Harrower) tries to get tickets to the Canada-US game in the 2010 Winter Olympics. The film covers 24 hours of these characters’ lives but there’s a sense it captures their daily difficulties. It shows what’s within and beyond their reach, what ignites their emotions. They have these circular arguments with each other and other supporting characters. They insist on what they want and not backing down.

It particularly deals with the characters’ bellicose natures. The arguments these characters have seem to escalate out of nowhere. Roller Girl attacks men over a perceived slight, for example. But there’s more to them than that. There’s this angst that these characters have. It’s because of tourists, upper middle class gentrifyers, or opportunists invading their little space in East End Vancouver. There’s a frankness to the script, an improvised feel to every curse worse. Other directors use dialogue to shock but there’s a natural feeling here. And sometimes there’s empathy, where banal conversations turn deeper, giving us insight to both character and actor. The cast contributed to the script and while that rings alarm bells in some productions, it works wonders here.

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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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