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EIFF: Purgatory Jack a neo-noir thriller from Toronto's Butler Brothers

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The afterlife is a treacherous journey for punk icon Viv Vacious, who finds herself warding off a limb-collecting gang and a suicide cult on this neo-noir thriller from Toronto’s Butler Brothers, Brett and Jason. 

Viv, performed by Alexandra Beaton, overdoses solely to get up in a world populated solely by individuals who have dedicated suicide. The sky is crammed with burning souls, evening by no means comes and human blood is a extremely sought-after drug with the road title “itch.” 

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Setting out on a quest to seek out her mother, who she was advised took her personal life 20 years earlier, Viv is joined by old-timey jazz musician-turned-detective Jack Marlin (Tim Rozon), who is decided to maintain her protected.

Purgatory Jack is darkly comedic all through, and violent with out being gory. The filmmakers use principally static, locked-off pictures to emulate graphic novel-style panels, mixing in another attention-grabbing visible methods. Photographs of Jack cruising to pressing missions in his brilliant blue Nineteen Sixties Mustang make use of a rear projection type, the place the highway generally goes the improper means, including to the surreal really feel of the world the filmmakers have created. The result’s a enjoyable, visually stimulating experience that involves a surprisingly tender conclusion.

*There might be a Q-and-A with administrators Jason and Brett Butler following the movie’s screening Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. on the Stanley Milner Library’s Muttart Theatre. 


Purgatory Jack 

Directed by Brett M. Butler, Jason G. Butler

That includes Tim Rozon, Alexandra Beaton, Emily Alatalo, Joel Thomas Hynes, Joel Gagne, Lora Burke

101 minutes


The thirty seventh Edmonton Worldwide Movie Competition will function 115 movies screening from Sept. 21 to Oct. 1 at 4 venues: Garneau Theatre, Telus World of Science, the Artwork Gallery of Alberta and Stanley Milner Library downtown. See for particulars, tickets and showtimes.