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TIFF Capsule Review: 'Lunarcy!'

Photo of Eric Kohn By Eric Kohn | Indiewire September 14, 2012 at 5:50PM

It’s rare that you see the style and sensibilities of a documentarian align so perfectly with his or her subjects the way they do in Simon Ennis’ "Lunarcy!” Following several comedic shorts and one feature, Ennis was originally going to make his first documentary about the generally fluctuating interest in lunar colonization before deciding to zero in on a few keeners. Each interviewee has a unique relationship with the Moon (one even claims ownership), but it’s quickly established that the film’s real star is the quixotic Christopher Carson, a young man who is determined to be the Moon’s first permanent resident. Ennis relishes the taste of every sound bite Carson continuously spews. A clear affinity for these passionate dreamers (Ennis left out all Moon landing naysayers because they're "jerks"), a wry sense of humor and clever use of title cards and stock footage make “Lunarcy!” delightful to behold. Criticwire grade: A [Noah Taylor]
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It’s rare that you see the style and sensibilities of a documentarian align so perfectly with his or her subjects the way they do in Simon Ennis’ "Lunarcy!” Following several comedic shorts and one feature, Ennis was originally going to make his first documentary about the generally fluctuating interest in lunar colonization before deciding to zero in on a few keeners. Each interviewee has a unique relationship with the Moon (one even claims ownership), but it’s quickly established that the film’s real star is the quixotic Christopher Carson, a young man who is determined to be the Moon’s first permanent resident. Ennis relishes the taste of every sound bite Carson continuously spews.  A clear affinity for these passionate dreamers (Ennis left out all Moon landing naysayers because they're "jerks"), a wry sense of humor and clever use of title cards and stock footage make “Lunarcy!” delightful to behold. Criticwire grade: A [Noah Taylor]

This article is related to: Toronto International Film Festival, Reviews, Lunarcy!





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