Cloudburst

(Canada, 2011, 93 mins, DCP)
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CAST Olympia Dukakis, Brenda Fricker, Ryan Doucette, Kristin Booth
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Olympia Dukakis gives an brilliant, barnstorming performance as a foul-mouthed lesbian, Stella, who isn’t about to let her lover of 31 years, Dot (Brenda Fricker), be carted off to an old folks’ home without a fight. Her plan? A daring rescue, followed by flight to Canada and marriage - an elopement. The first complication: Dot is legally blind. The second, Dot’s prudish granddaughter Molly (Kristin Booth) is firmly in denial about the nature of her nan’s sexuality. And the third, Molly is married to a cop, and gets him to put out a 4-points bulletin to have the runaways apprehended. Ryan Doucette is the hitchhiker who helps them sneak over the border - the Brad Pitt to their septuagenarian Thelma and Louise.

An award-winner at film festival’s all over the world - and one of the most popular films at VIFF 2011 - Thom Fitzgerald’s road movie mixes laugh-out-loud comedy with a touching treatment of serious themes - life, love, death -and a touch of interpretative dance on top!