TIFF 2023: Our Review of ‘Limbo’

Posted in TIFF 2023 by - September 24, 2023
TIFF 2023: Our Review of ‘Limbo’

Limbo: an uncertain period of awaiting a decision or resolution. Unfortunately, this film does just that. It keeps the viewer waiting, holding onto a hope that maybe there will be some sense of relief as the film develops. Yet just as quickly as you find any depth behind the plot, it hits the credits and you’re back at square one. Now, stories of missing and murdered Indigenous women is unfortunately not new in our world’s history. And while I can appreciate the insight into what is most definitely one of the world’s largest mass cultural genocides, it takes me aback how much this film just feels like just a white saviour complex filled with some mention of the cultural significance in order to sooth the masses. 

Directed by Ivan Sen, this neo-noir murder mystery seems to be filled with elements of cinematography that seem misplaced, like the use of black and white throughout the film that only seems to take away from the story at hand. I found myself feeling like I had more questions as the ending neared rather than a sense of resolution. Of course, not all films are meant to have a happy ending – in fact, the best films rarely do – yet this piece seems loaded with a feeling that the journey was more important than the destination, which rubs me the wrong way when the ending would resolve the case of a murdered Indigenous child. 

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Caitie Talty is a teacher in Edmonton, Alberta currently working on her Master's in Educational Studies. As a lover of all things literacy, she is beginning her deep dive into obscure films and texts, and finding new ways to speak her thoughts on both elements into public existence. Outside of building on her film education, she enjoys spending time with her partner, traveling the world, and trying to pet every dog she crosses paths with.
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