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Trigger (2011)

Don McKellar , Molly Parker , Bruce McDonald  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Don McKellar, Molly Parker, Tracy Wright
  • Directors: Bruce McDonald
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Wolfe Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005KC4LNU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Inspired by the classic film My Dinner With Andre. Trigger is the story of two lifelong friends, Victoria and Kathryn, who started a neighborhood band together sort of like the Go-Go s meet Patti Smith with a little Siouxie and the Banshees thrown in. Sticking to their rock n roll dream, they traded up bands until they began to have real success with a hit single and a European tour. On the tour, however, things went downhill and the band. Now, it s 10 years later and a local record label is having a benefit concert to honor women in rock; Vic and Kat are expected to attend. After their decade-long estrangement, the two women come together for dinner, the concert, and the after-party, with the chance and hope of recapturing their once-magical connection.


The film is like a rock n roll Thelma and Louise Bruce McDonald knows how to bottle the lightning of rock n roll! MetroNews.CA Tracy Wright performs heroically... Variety --Wolfe

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trigger - Wolfe November 8, 2011
What happens when the music is over? Good question. And that is precisely the unofficial second title of "Trigger," one of the best films that I have ever seen about music and musicians, one that will surely touch your heart.

Molly Parker stars as Kat, and Tracy Wright as Vic, in a story about two retired rock and roll musicians in Canada. The movie aptly begins with some exciting and inspiring black and white footage of the happy days, while performing to an enthusiastic crowd. We then move forward ten years later, when the two of them agreed to meet for dinner at a fancy restaurant, after not seeing each other for all that time. Even though it is a friendly meeting, we feel the tension of things past, emotions that they haven't been able to sort out. However, they decide to hang out after dinner to remember the good old times. It happens that Toronto is hosting a "Women in Rock Tribute," and Kat and Vic were invited. While spending the night together in one activity after the other, they open up and let their feelings toward each other come out. By doing so, we learn about them and their life after being in the spotlight.

"Trigger" is a small movie, full of emotion and great acting by both Parker and Wright. It will not only touch your heart due to the very engaging plot, but also because we learn that Tracy Wright died of cancer shortly after the film was completed. Hers was a great, final performance that we should treasure forever, and which should be awarded if there is justice in this world. The DVD features an actors' table reading and more. (Canada, 2010, color, 78 min plus additional materials). Reviewed on November 7, 2011, exclusively by Eric Gonzalez for Wolfe.
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30 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading December 3, 2011
I actually watched the trailer and the WHOLE movie. I thought this was going to be a lesbian love story between Vic and Kat . Well it turned out to be talk talk, talk, talk, argue, argue, argue, and one little kiss given to Vic by some other woman from her past. Both women seem to have romantic relationships with men in their past or present. AKA maybe Bisexual? Or was this just a friendship movie. I definately saw no friendship with benefits. Not that I was looking just for sex. And if you think you're going to get a bunch of punk rock and alternative music in this movie, forget it. They sang ONE song. If I remember right, there where two more songs from other bands. Unless you're a die hard fan of these actresses, go for it, otherwise, buy or rent something else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A small wonder October 21, 2012
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Watched it a few months ago. Just realized something. The title is probably a play on words. Both characters are in recovery from various forms of addiction, and at several points in the movie, one or the other must make yet another choice to stay sober, or not. In each situation, something or someone is a potential "trigger" for acting out on an addiction.

Tracy Wright died of cancer shortly after the movie came out, cancer diagnosed during or shortly before it was filmed. The plot seems to reflect this.

So it is a story about life at its most basic. The themes are handled marvelously, by two superb actors. I think about bits of the movie frequently.

Had to come back and put something here. (I don't write many reviews.)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Making up is hard to do August 5, 2014
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Introspective character drama. Ex-rockers Kat and Vic find themselves together again after a decade apart. Kat is visiting Edmonton, on a business trip she's arranged to coincide with a benefit concert, which itself is "coincidentally" taking place in the city where her old bandmate lives.

Both are reformed addicts -- Kat to alcohol, Vic to drugs. Much of the story relates to old patterns and how they resurface when these two reconnect. There is also of course the conflict between the direction the two lives have taken, Kat a high-powered creative in LA, Vic still pursuing her music, getting by.

The movie is very dialogue-driven. It all takes place in roughly 12 hours of time, and while the two main characters share activities, such as dinner, running into fans at the benefit, performing a song together, attending an "after party", etc. the story really is about the conversation that takes place during all of this. And be warned: while we can make some inferences, there's no tidy wrap-up at the end. Kat and Vic seem to have found their friendship again, but we are really just seeing a tiny moment in their lives, which go on as any would.

There are moments of "alternate reality"/hallucinations, but I felt these were more a distraction than anything else, and probably could've been left out. The film didn't really pursue the idea very strongly, and so in the end these brief moments just seemed out of place.

Similarly out of place was the apparent concern of post-addiction health problems. Both characters mention their own worries along these lines, but they never really seem to be a core element of the plot or even their lives.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh, ok. December 4, 2011
By kieRa
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*some mild SPOILERS in review of this film*

A good movie between former lovers, to enemies, to STRICTLY friends.

I agree with the previous review completely. As a rock film this does severely lack, they do only sing ONE song... its a good song but thats it for "rock". I also found a few of the sitting and reflecting moments to be too long, some good blips to make you think, but mostly quite long winded. In addition to previous comments, I as well would like to have seen some love in the movie, rather than an often hostile then complacent rekindling of friendships. This movie did fall slightly short of expectation for those reasons.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Blah
Nah, boring. Kept waiting for something to happen and nothing did.
Published 2 months ago by CLo
5.0 out of 5 stars this beautiful film will resonate with your soul
If you are a musician, this beautiful film will resonate with your soul. Those who are not, may not understand.
Published 3 months ago by Mark A. Kauffman
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Flick
I lick Molly Parker and she didn't disappoint in this flick. A great story overall. I recommend this entertaining film.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very insightful
I enjoyed this one. A bit disappointed that it did not explore physical attractions today but I loved the storyline
Published 8 months ago by another opinion
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Really did not enjoy this movie-slow pace and uninteresting.

Just a very sad story with no point. Just my opinion.
Published 9 months ago by Barbara J. Costa
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Good
This one was not all that , slow at times. i expected little more than i thought, but still, this flick is an easy rental at best. those are my two cents....
Published 9 months ago by Yolanda
4.0 out of 5 stars Good actors, good story
Good chemistry among actors. Good story about a complex relationship, substance abuse recovery and its difficulties. I imagined this film as an on-stage performance too. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Doodler
4.0 out of 5 stars Female friendship+
Liked the inter play between friends. There were fun scenes as band members also. Is more about becoming more mature than about love.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars No, this isn't gay/lesbian film.
This film does not belong in the gay/lesbian film selection. There is no evidence these women were ever lovers or might be. Do they love each other? No doubt. Read more
Published 10 months ago by M. Skye
1.0 out of 5 stars Trigger never got pulled
This movie dragged on and on. I was expecting to see more than a sad dialogue but it never got better.
Published 11 months ago by C. Portman
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