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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 TheStar.com Bruce McDonald knows how to bottle the lightning of rock n roll! MetroNews.CA Tracy Wright performs heroically... Variety --Wolfe
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Trigger was originally supposed to be the sequel to Hard Core Logo. When Callum Keith Rennie and Hugh Dillon couldn't synchronize their availability with each other and Bruce due to their other acting commitments, it was re-written for two female leads.
HCL fans -- do not waste your time with Hard Core Logo II (ugh, what a sad waste of time). Watch Trigger instead.
You'll quickly realize Kat (Molly Parker) is a gender-swapped Billy Tallent and Vic (the late Tracy Wright) is gender-swapped Joe Dick.
Kat (Billy) is living the high life due to commercial success in LA, whereas Vic (Joe) is post-rehab, trying to maintain sobriety and make a comeback with a new acoustic album. They both get invited to a benefit concert (a *benefit concert*, HCL-fans!), so Kat/Billy invites Vic/Joe to dinner before hand.
On its own, let alone as the spiritual sequel to Hard Core Logo, this is a poignant examination of the tensions and often dysfunctional dynamics of two people's intense creative friendship and collaboration with each other more than a decade after their last work together, after they moved on from each other and their band -- one more successfully than the other. The tension ratchets up between them when they get together for dinner before the concert, and their old behavior patterns are triggered by each other.
Yeah, Trigger was the name of the band Vic and Kat led, but in this movie trigger is not just a proper noun, it's also a verb -- it's what they do to each other, whether they want to or not. The perhaps sad inevitability of that contrasts poignantly with all the positive aspects of their intense creative friendship. That is really what this movie is about
I would have liked this movie anyway. I really enjoyed more on multiple levels once I learned it was the intended Hard Core Logo sequel, but that was just icing on the cake for this fan of Hard Core Logo.
In some respects, their relationship is not just like a marriage, but it's also like the relationship of competitive siblings. So there are those petty, resentful, contemptuous moments, too. The characters are kind of forced to reckon with the reality that together they are more than the sum of their parts, in both positive and negative ways -- whereas separately they may be safer and more stable, but are also maybe less creative and more risk-averse.
If you've seen HCL, then you know that Billy (Kat), Hard Core Logo's guitarist, was teetering on departing for LA and commercial success -- which would have spelled the end of his band Hard Core Logo, a desperate prospect for Joe (and John and Pipefitter), who had nothing else going on and wold be left back in Canada. And that is basically what has happened: Kat "sold out" and went to LA and on to commercial success, while Vic was left behind in Canada but has stuck to their old band's principles while also getting clean.
Now, don't get me wrong -- Trigger is NOT a rock 'n roll movie. It's more like an extended conversation about the good/bad old days by two aging (female) rockers, and the perhaps inevitable resurfacing of their old interpersonal dynamics.
Note: Trigger does NOT explore the aftermath of the tragic end of Hard Core Logo (well, now that they're both women and theoretically different characters, it doesn't have to). It does not neatly sew up loose ends.
I really liked this film. It's probably the most mature film of Bruce McDonald's filmography.
I watched it on Netflix, and I love it so much that I have to buy it :)
The dialogues are well written, the acting from both leads are awesome (those actress must be good friends in real life). However, this is not the type of film that you'll watch to kill time since it would make you think a lot. Better watch it with a clear, sensitive mind.
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Just a very sad story with no point. Just my opinion.