This morning I woke tossing and turning in excruciating pain. Woke up at four, then five, and by six was dressed and heading down to the 24-hour coffee shop down the block. Sidenote: it really is embarrasing to read David Sedaris in public. The outbursts of laughter alone…
I returned to the hotel room at 7:30 to get ready. Matthew left first to see Paul Haggis’ CRASH, which he didn’t get in to because of the crowd so he joined Jason and I at KINSEY. Apparently Kinsey has received an R rating, raising the question as to whether the sexual content is really less “pervasive” than A Dirty Shame, which got an NC-17.
Regardless, it was the best film I saw in Toronto with great cameo by Lynn Redgrave, among others.
I scooted down to Sutton Place to check mail then back to the Varsity for 10E CHAMBRE, INSTANTS D’AUDIENCES, a French documentary that takes an inside look at the Parisian judicial system. Interesting to me was that they deal with the same issues (DUIs, domestic violence, gun control, etc.) that we do, and criminals are just as crazy.
Still in pain, I ducked out early to go to an acupuncture treatment, which helped me survive the day. Too much stress, the doctor said, you should do yoga. Uh, huh, I know. Refreshed and happier, I finally made it to the Cumberland theater for MONDOVINO. At the door, I met David Fenkel from ThinkFilm (they have Mondovino). Although the film is looong, it is intriguing and the elderly European vintners are hilarious. Wine lovers will definitely dig it.
Matthew was busy at YES, the new Sally Potter film where the characters speak wholly in rhyme. Then he and Jason went to see RAY while I caught OYSTER FARMER, an Australian love story with leads too gorgeous to be believed. It was charming and funny with great Aussie one liners that Ian Bricke and I mused we should have written down for future use.
I waited for Matthew and Jason in the lobby and then we went to dinner at a little (ok, tiny, we shared condiments with our neighbors) Italian place in Yorkville and then called it a night.