Diamond Tongues full movie review - Roncesvalles to Ossington
Saw this at TIFF last night. I was expecting perhaps cinema 4 or 5 on the third floor, but cinema 1 no less. The theatre was packed and all the cast and crew were there as well, they did not disappoint.
The story revolves around Edith Welland and her search for work as a young actress. The film takes place in Toronto in the Queen/King West area. I found the film worked on many different layers. On the surface an essentially simple tale, but the way it was shot and the soundtrack was extremely effective. We see what it's like trying to find part time work in a totally connected but strangely disconnected world. Whereas previous generations could look forward to an entry job with training and stability, nowadays young people have to "kickstart" their future with unusual creativity and luck an almost impossible task. Despite repeated rejection, Edith has to keep a stiff upper lip, or rather a more contemporary McHappy face to all her associates. Edith is able to let down her hair with her close friend Nick and this forms the sort of anchor or reference point of the movie. The sound track was electric.