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Victoria Day 

Directed by David Bezmogis (Mongrel)

Teenaged hockey hopeful Ben Spektor has a lot going on: his team's playoff run, the Oilers' Stanley Cup final against the Bruins on TV, the Bob Dylan show at Ontario Place and finals at school. It's the Victoria Day weekend, 1988. David Bezmogis, the acclaimed author of Natasha and Other Stories, turns to film and tells a memorable story about the fleeting, beloved things of late boyhood. There are intangible things lost: for one, a youthful freedom, a lack of responsibility when faced with a moral dilemma. (One of Ben's teammates has gone missing following the Dylan show.) Mark Rendall plays Ben perfectly, giving him the requisite quietness and uncertainty, as he struggles to respond to the disappearance and to comfort his teammate's sister Cayla (Holly Deveaux). They have a halting, awkward romance---every moment believable---set against banal, bucolic streets of suburban Toronto, which Bezmogis lets speak for themselves. This is a thoughtful and entertaining film.

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