How Heavy This Ham­mer

Toronto Star - - TIFF PREVIEW -

( out of 4): Meet sad­sack sluggo Er­win (Er­win Van Cot­them), a mid­dle-aged man-child whose life is not as static as the glazed eye­balls he aims at online fan­tasy games. While he spends ev­ery wak­ing mo­ment fight­ing me­dieval fig­ures on a com­puter screen, or throw­ing his cor­pu­lent frame at other men on the rugby field, his wife and two young sons drift away. Toronto’s Kazik Rad­wan­ski con­tin­ues the foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion of ar­rested male de­vel­op­ment he started with

Tower in 2012, bring­ing to both films a unique com­bi­na­tion of em­pa­thy and scorn. P.H.

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