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We All Fall Down

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With: Darcy Belsher, Martin Cummins, Francoise Robertson, Helen Shaver, Nicholas Campbell, Barry Pepper, Ryan Reynolds, Rene Auberjonois, Brandy Ledford, Raquel Meade, Barbara Lemarre.

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

We All Fall Down

Canada

Production: A Road Cone production (Vancouver). Produced by Jim Rowe. Executive producers, Martin Cummins, Brandy Ledford, Helen Shaver, Leonard Bonnell. Directed by Martin Cummins. Screenplay, Cummins, Richard C. Burton.

Crew: Camera (color), Andreas Poulson; editor, Rob Watson; music, Danny Mack; music supervisor, Matthew Safran; production designer, Marko Lytviak; art director, Patrick Banister; costume designer, Sheila White; casting, James Forsyth. Reviewed at Vancouver Film Festival, Oct. 2, 2000. (Also in Toronto Film Festival.) Running time: 92 MIN.

With: With: Darcy Belsher, Martin Cummins, Francoise Robertson, Helen Shaver, Nicholas Campbell, Barry Pepper, Ryan Reynolds, Rene Auberjonois, Brandy Ledford, Raquel Meade, Barbara Lemarre.

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