Review: ‘This Movie Is Broken’

A romance is clumsily grafted onto a standard-issue concert pic in this ode to Broken Social Scene.

A ho-hum thwarted romance is clumsily grafted onto a standard-issue concert pic in “This Movie Is Broken,” vet helmer Bruce McDonald’s ode to Canuck indie band Broken Social Scene. Fans of the group will likely forgive the narrative’s whisper-thin premise, knowing it’ll soon be interrupted with a song; those unfamiliar with each ditty, pleasant as they are, may wonder if it’s their watch that’s broken. Unchallenging and unedgy, “This Movie” will do best in ancillary.

Bruno (Greg Calderone) can’t believe his luck when he wakes up next to longtime crush Caroline (Georgina Reilly). She’s in Toronto for just a few days before heading back to school in France, meaning there’s little time to convince his carefree fantasy target that he’s worth more than a one-night stand. Bruno and buddy Blake (Kjartan Hewitt) boast they can get backstage passes to hometown band Broken Social Scene that eve, and take Caroline on a night of concerting with a bit of soul-searching. Don McKellar’s mumblecore-lite script feels tacked on to the enjoyable but less than invigorating concert footage. Creative editing between different shooting formats is unquestionably the pic’s strength.

This Movie Is Broken



An Alliance Films release of a Shadow Shows, Rhombus Media production, in association with Broken Social Scene, Arts & Crafts, with the participation of Telefilm Canada. (International sales: E1 Films Intl., Toronto.) Produced by Austin Wong, Howard Ng, Brandi-Ann Milbradt. Executive producers, Dany M. Chiasson, Niv Fichman, Amy Paquette, Noah Segal. Directed by Bruce McDonald. Screenplay, Don McKellar.


Camera (color/B&W, widescreen, HD, Super 8, 16mm-to-35mm), John Price; editors, Matthew Hannam, Gareth C. Scales; music, Broken Social Scene, Ohad Benchetrit; production designer/costume designer, Lea Carlson. Reviewed at Turin Film Festival (A Moveable Feast -- Figures in the Landscape), Nov. 28, 2010. (Also in SXSW Film Festival -- 24 Beats per Second.) Running time: 88 MIN.


Greg Calderone, Georgina Reilly, Kjartan Hewitt.
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