Anne at 13,000 ft
True North | Future//Present
A young daycare worker named Anne (Deragh Campbell) struggles to move through daily life as her playful behaviour continually veers from endearing to disconcerting in this compelling drama by writer-director Kazik Radwanski (Tower, How Heavy This Hammer). From her interactions with the children to a drunken Maid of Honour speech, it’s abundantly clear that Anne is a warm and caring person, but her failure to identify boundaries discomforts her colleagues, friends, and family, putting her job and relationships at risk. When she meets a romantic interest (Matt Johnson) at her friend’s wedding, Anne’s grip on her responsibilities only seems to loosen further.
Stylistically shaped around the protagonist, Radwansk’s filmi keeps us in close proximity to Anne without explicitly revealing her psychology, avoiding the pitfalls and clichés of a character study and refusing to define her uneasy state of mind. Perennial VIFF and independent Canadian film star Deragh Campbell (MS Slavic 7, Fail to Appear) gives one of the year’s best performances, crafting a fully realized character at once unknowable to the viewer yet deeply and completely felt.