Lots of talent is squandered in "Show Me." Three-hander tries hard to be about something more than sexual politics in a Harold Pinter Lite kind of way. But moments of fleeting power and fine thesping don't add up to much.
Lots of talent is squandered in “Show Me.” Three-hander tries hard to be about something more than sexual politics in a Harold Pinter Lite kind of way. But moments of fleeting power and fine thesping don’t add up to much.Fine-jawed Michelle Nolden toplines as Sarah, a Toronto yuppie carjacked on her way to a weekend anniversary rendezvous in the country with absent partner Sam. The interlopers are street kids Jenna and Jackson (excellent West Coasters Katharine Isabelle and Kett Turton), who need to leave town fast, for reasons almost as vague as their own relationship. At Sarah’s cottage, they tie her to a chair, but Sarah has some kinky tricks up her sleeve as everyone starts hitting the wine supply. Picmaker Cassandra Nicolaou, who has done some amusing shorts, has trouble spinning a tale over three full acts, and, in an abrupt shift in tone toward unwarranted nobility, stalls things halfway through. At a crucial point, a neighbor shows up who just happens to be someone Jenna pissed off in the city — a coincidence that undermines credibility. Convenient tragedy looms. Tech credits are undistinguished, with music a bit cheesy.
A Canadian Film Center presentation of a Red Plush Films production, in association with Telefilm Canada, the Movie Network and Famous Players. Produced by Howard Fraiberg. Executive producers, Justine Whyte, for the Feature Film Project. Directed, written by Cassandra Nicolaou.
Camera (color), Patrick McGowan; editor, Saul Pincus; music, Evelyn Datl; production designer, Anastasia Masaro; costume designer, Anne Dixon. Reviewed at Vancouver Film Festival (Canadian Images), Sept. 26, 2004. Running time: 97 MIN.
Michelle Nolden, Katharine Isabelle, Kett Turton, Gabriel Hogan, Allegra Fulton, J. Adam Brown.