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Wilby Wonderful

29 Oct

Wilby Wonderful –– directed by Daniel McIvor –– a pickup sticks comedy of interlaced passions in a sweet Canadian town. 99 minutes color 2004

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A wonderful picture. It’s set in a small island community and offers grand-hotel narratives of interlocking stories all resolved in one day. There is the handsome cop whose wife is the local barracuda real estate lady. There is the devious mayor who wants to develop the local lovers lane. There is the handsome housepainter in love with the recently divorced husband. There is the salty local beauty breathing hot and heavy with the cop. And there is her teenage daughter sneaking out for a canoodle with the local boy. Does all this sound sordid? It isn’t. It’s a film of true humor and rich human relations. All the acting is top-notch. The only actor I was familiar with is Sandra Oh who appeared as the two-timed girlfriend in Sideways. She is flabbergastering throughout. And everyone else is a good as she is. For me, a truly gratifying film.

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