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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.
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.)
DO NOT MISS IT.
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.Read more ›
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