Writer-director Alexander Carson has woven a series of interconnected stories on a bunch of twenty-something artists contemplating life, the universe, and everything.
Dreamily shot with overlapping scenes and gentle music, the film’s laissez-faire dialogue feels at times improvised and captures the internal angst in an involving way.
The group takes pictures, writes poetry, acts, and makes movies about faith, life and love. Their introspection has whimsy and heart and although some of the dialogue can seem a little overly melodramatic, it all works when underscored by sax and traffic noises.
The film has been compared to The Big Chill and it is easy to see why. This group of Canadian artists confront, contradict, and comfort each other much like the Americans in the classic 80’s film. O, Brazen Age though is much more exquisitely executed and presented.
Let it wash over you and make you smile wryly.
O, Brazen Age will play the Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St, Vancouver) on April 4. Visit http://viff.org for tickets and information.