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TIFF Day Two 

“It’s supposed to be the hottest it’s been since 1943 today,” says my courteous host as I’m packing my bag for the day. I sigh, throw a second shirt in and trudge out the door. My first doc of the week is Maura Strauch’s Sunshine Superman, which gathers amazing footage from the ’70s and ’80s of Carl Boenish, a remarkably positive man who founded BASE jumping, ie leaping from high places on foot with just a parachute. He finds a kindred spirit in his wife Jean, and together they traverse the world doing jumps. Boenish—who died one jump after achieving a Guinness world record—was also a filmmaker, constantly adapting the super-8 and -16s of the era to fit his helmets and gear, resulting in thrilling, breathtaking imagery.

Mia Hansen-Løve based Eden on the story of her brother, a French DJ who helped create the house movement in that country, alongside contemporaries Daft Punk (who cameo). Spanning 20 years, it stars Félix de Givry and Vincent Macaigne as Paul and Arnaud, who form a DJ duo called Cheers and move from DJing apartments to Parisian clubs to parties in New York. Somehow the success never appears in monetary form, so Paul hops from girl to girl (including Greta Gerwig) and loan to loan trying to keep his decadent life afloat. If you’re a fan of house music (no), there’s probably even more here for you, but as a culture film it’s wonderful Hansen-Love’s brother Sven wrote the script with her, and it’s got a hip authority, and is not too bro-y despite being about next-level bros. Much of that is due to Pauline Etienne as Paul’s first love Louise, who keeps popping back into his life as a reality check.

Though the block on which the Scotiabank Theatre sits is a construction shitshow, I am happy to report the tiny, excellent grilled cheese sandwich place Melt is still there.

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