THE CULT OF JT LEROY

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(Mar­jorie Sturm, U. S.). 92 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNNN If you know the truth about JT LeRoy – who came out of nowhere in 1999 with the gritty, ap­par­ently con­fes­sional nov­els Sarah and The Heart Is De­ceit­ful Above All Things – then you’ll be a few steps ahead of Mar­jorie Sturm’s doc­u­men­tary, which plays out as a study of the mys­te­ri­ous au­thor and holds back its key rev­e­la­tion as long as pos­si­ble.

Most of the time, that’s a sto­ry­telling tac­tic that just pisses me off; there’s this thing called the public record, you know? But Sturm makes it work, show­ing us how LeRoy’s prose – and the enig­matic per­son­al­ity be­hind it – could be­come a sen­sa­tion among peo­ple des­per­ate to make a con­nec­tion with a trou­bled artist.

Ba­si­cally, if you can con­vince Su­san Dey and the guy from Third Eye Blind, the sky’s the limit.

Apr 25, 7 pm, Sco­tia­bank 4; Apr 27, 4:15 pm, ROM; May 1, 4: 30 pm, Fox; May 3, 2 pm, TIFF 1

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