Thursday, April 28, 2022

Don’t let anyone tell you anything about Bernie Langille Wants To Know What Happened to Bernie Langille (2022) Hot Docs 2022

This film is a trip. It’s a film that reminds me why I love a well told story.

Bernie Langille is named after his grandfather. His namesake died 15 years before he was born.  One day he went to lay a poppy on his grandfather’s grave. The trouble was that his grandfather’s grave wasn’t where he thought it should be. This sends Bernie on a quest to untangle what happened to grandfather all those years ago.

This is a hell of a story. It’s a story shrouded in in shifting memory and the cover stories that you tell children. It’s a story that doesn’t go where you think and as a result becomes one of those great films where you lean in to. You want to know how this is going to play out. I was hooked from the start and just hung up on two people who called me during the screening.

I want to much to tell you about the film, but I don’t want to spoil the twists.

I will say that I love how they used dioramas instead of actor recreations. It gives the film a unique look that makes it so much more special.

Highly recommended

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