Individual segs reveal considerable thesping talent and visual innovation in “We All Fall Down,” a needle-marked-underbelly-of-town saga that ultimately fails to deliver much that’s new about youth, creativity or addiction. Calling-card pic could be serviceable cable fare.
Helmer Martin Cummins, an action-show actor who also scripted this semi-autobiographical tale, plays a smack-using painter, with Darcy Belsher as the younger acolyte who hankers after the painter’s cool, and also after his bartender girlfriend (Francoise Robertson). Aided by gritty supporting performances from vets Helen Shaver and Nick Campbell and quick cameos from Rene Auberjonois and Barry Pepper, Cummins displays a solid feel for life at the bottom, and his use of different film techniques and stocks is apt for the fragmentary lives being portrayed. But the characters never really take hold, and Belsher, sporting a permanent scowl and Pee-wee Herman hair, makes a particularly opaque hero — one more prone to soap-star posing than to self-revelation. Lensing is clever throughout, making novel use of grungy Vancouver locations.
— Ken Eisner