Past Perfect

An almost perfectly uninteresting feature directorial debut for Canadian actor-playwright Daniel MacIvor, "Past Perfect" dissects the boring relationship of two characters who, from the start, aren't meant for each other -- or in the man's case, for anyone.

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With: Rebecca Jenkins, Daniel MacIvor, Maury Chaykin, Marie Brassard, Kathryn MacLellan.

An almost perfectly uninteresting feature directorial debut for Canadian actor-playwright Daniel MacIvor, “Past Perfect” dissects the boring relationship of two characters who, from the start, aren’t meant for each other — or in the man’s case, for anyone. Pic is part of exec producer Christopher Zimmer’s “3A & 3C” series of films built around a Dogma-like set of rules, most pertaining to leads’ meeting as airline seatmates. Resulting tedious trip will likely fly only on home-turf broadcast.

MacIvor plays Cecil, a rude, snobby professor of linguistics (enabling some pretentious dialogue stretches) flying from Halifax to Vancouver; gardening expert Charlotte (Rebecca Jenkins) is his seatmate. After some initial, irritable exchanges, they warm up, discovering each has just left a failed affair. This coast-to-coast interlude is intercut with events two years later, when duo’s now live-in coupledom is coming apart in the wake of her miscarriage and his relapsed alcoholism. But there’s no rooting interest in their joyless union at any point, and drab low-budget, vid-shot production drains further life from helmer’s dreary scenario. Perfs are OK, though material does them no favors.

Past Perfect

Canada

Production: A Seats 3A & 3C presentation of an imX Communications production. Produced by Camelia Frieberg. Executive producers, Christopher Zimmerman, J. William Ritchie. Directed, written by Daniel McIvor.

Crew: Camera (color, digital video to 35mm), Rudolf Blahacek; editor, Mike Munn; music, Richard Feren; production designer, Emanuel Jannasch. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (Perspective Canada), Sept. 8, 2002. Running time: 82 MIN.

With: With: Rebecca Jenkins, Daniel MacIvor, Maury Chaykin, Marie Brassard, Kathryn MacLellan.

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