BLUE RUIN

NOW Magazine - TIFF - - FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW -

I didn’t love Jeremy Saulnier’s Mur­der Party when I saw it on DVD around 2008. All its dorky hu­mour felt a bit arch. But what lin­gered was Saulnier’s skill at dis­pens­ing le­git­i­mate scares in what was os­ten­si­bly a hor­ror­com­edy. His follow-up, score­set­tling re­venge thriller Blue Ruin, won praise for play­ing things straighter, bend­ing genre con­ven­tions while re­tain­ing edge-of-your-seat sus­pense, when it won the FIPRESCI prize at Cannes. Can’t wait. Septem­ber 9, 8 pm, Bloor Hot Docs Cienma; Septem­ber 11, noon, TIFF Bell Light­box 1

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