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A volatile young woman (Deragh Campbell) challenged by everyday social and professional encounters, in the latest from Kazik Radwanski (Tower).
“A brief, bracing burst of microbudget indie filmmaking at its most powerful.” –Jessica Kiang, Variety
In just two features — TIFF selections Tower (2012) and How Heavy This Hammer (2015) — Kazik Radwanski has emerged as one of the most distinctive young voices in Canadian cinema, with his refreshingly unadorned yet empathic portraits of alienated individuals struggling to keep it together. His latest and best film to date, Anne at 13,000 ft centres on a precarious period in the life of its eponymous Anne, played by Deragh Campbell in an electric performance.
With her best friend Sarah (musician Dorothea Paas), 27-year-old Anne works at a Toronto daycare, where she bickers needlessly with colleagues and is often more interested in fantasizing with the children than in supervising them. For Sarah’s bachelorette party, they go skydiving, and Anne seems completely in her element, floating above it all — a true departure from her strained, awkward interactions with people (including her new boyfriend Matt, played by filmmaker Matt Johnson).
Rife with cinematic references, not the least of which is Gena Rowlands’ all-out performance in Cassavetes’ classic A Woman Under the Influence, Anne at 13,000 ft is raw and unnerving, and a clear evolution in Radwanski’s filmmaking. A vivid portrait of volatility, the film provides both clever metaphors and jostling temporal shifts to show the fine line between losing one’s ground and wanting, waiting, for one’s life to take off.
Content advisory: coarse language