Film Review: Testament

TESTAMENT (Canada 2023) ***

Directed by Denys Arcand


TESTAMENT is a Canadian drama film, directed by Denys Arcand and released in 2023. The film stars Rémy Girard as Jean-Michel Bouchard, a retired archivist in his 70s living in a retirement home, who is initially angered when a group of protestors arrive to demand that the facility remove an art installation that has been deemed insulting to First Nations, only to find new love and a new zest for life in the experience. His new love is played by the beautiful Sophie Lorain who looks too young to be falling in love with the retiree.  The film is a blend of comedic satire and romance.

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CineFranco 2023 Capsule Reviews

CINEFRANCO 2023 Capsule Reviews


Paris is the city of Love.  And L’Amour is the theme of Cinefranco 2023  a celebration of French and Quebec cinema in Toronto, courtesy of ever hard-working and cheerful directrice of CineFranco, Marcelle Lean.

Love in all its many shades runs through Cinéfranco 2023’s lineup of 19 features and 2 shorts programs, spanning film genres celebrating queer love, romance, the comedic as well as the dark sides of love, odd couples, dynamic duos, and the unbreakable bonds of family.  Also featured is a six-film Spotlight on the African Diaspora and 4 new Quebec features curated by La Tournee Quebec Cinema.

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Film Review: Voleuses (Wingwomen)

VOLEUSES (Wingwomen) (France 2023) ***

Directed by Melanie Laurent


Action flicks are a dime a dozen, yet the female nation flick (think CHARLIE’S ANGELS) are still a rarity.  The film opens with two gorgeous women in action in the midst of a diamond heist.  The women, Alex and Carole are played by well-known international female stars  Melanie Laurent (INGLORIOUS BASTERDS) and Adèle Exarchopoulos (L’HISTOIRE D’ADELE more commonly known as  BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR).  A third reason to watch this film, star wise is the presence too, of Isabelle Adjani (first famous for Truffaut’s L’HISTOIRE D ‘ADELE H.  In the first action, one will be definitely impressed by the introduction of modern weaponry in the form of drones pursuing the two women.

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Reel Asian Film Festival 2023


The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Reel Asian), Canada's premier pan-Asian festival,  will open with Canadian filmmaker Fawzia Mirza’s debut feature The Queen of My Dreams. From November 8 to 19, 2023, the Festival will take audiences on a cinematic journey, transcending borders and bringing the world closer together. This year’s lineup consists of 15 features and 57 shorts from Canada, India, Iran, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Reel Asian will also present three thoughtful and creative multimedia experiences through their RA:X program and welcome a number of esteemed industry professionals for their Reel Ideas conference. For the full programming lineup and ticket information visit

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