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Gay film: Tru Love
Alice, an elegant woman visits her uptight daughter, Suzanne in frosty Toronto. Suzanne, too busy to spend time with her mother asks best friend Tru to 'babysit' Alice and show her around the city.
The pair instantly connects, understanding each other's loneliness. In one another, they find a soulmate. Disturbed by their closeness, Suzanne does everything within her power to keep Tru away from her mother, but nothing can beat true love.
Following three independent women at different points in their lives. Tru Love is an exploration of female empowerment and proves you can find happiness at any stage of life.
There is a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in. Directors’ Statement (Kate Johnston & Shauna MacDonald)
Leonard Cohen: TRU LOVE was shot in the winter of 2013 in downtown Toronto and on Toronto Island. The air is different in winter, everything appears to slow down and the light itself takes on a whole new quality. It defines the environment. Days are shorter. Starker. Exposed. Crystalized.
The film opens with an extreme CU of water rushing in slow motion, ice cracking and breaking up, tiny triangles of ice flying into the air all beautifully shot by cinematographer Maya Bankovic. It’s as if the ice is dancing. This footage was taken on the first ferry from Toronto harbor, en route to Toronto Island. It is elemental, poetic and a recurring motif, during key transitions throughout the film. The score by Patric Caird is haunting, underscoring a romantic beauty, a yearning and loneliness.
The triangles of ice, of tension – Tru (friend), Alice (mother) and Suzanne (daughter), are three women, each quietly frozen in their lives. They are all yearning separately; estranged in their own way from themselves or each other, each needing to break free from constraint, to be ‘cracked open’ in their hearts, in their lives. As the story opens and progresses, anunexpected attraction builds between Tru and Alice, and Suzanne becomes increasingly threatened. This triangle tightens, closing in on itself, compressing and colliding until it shatters like tiny diamonds of ice and explodes into a rush of emotion, eventually setting each character free.
BBFC Rating: 15
Running Time: 94 minutes
Country of Origin: Canada
Director: Kate Johnston & Shauna MacDonald
Cast: Shauna MacDonald, Kate Trotter, Christine Horne
Media: On DVD & On - Demand 10th Nov 2014
Synopsis: Alice, an elegant woman visits her uptight daughter, Suzanne in frosty Toronto. Suzanne, too busy to spend time with her mother asks best friend Tru to 'babysit' Alice and show her around the city.