WFF Quick Reviews: ‘Death of a Ladies Man’, ‘Between Waves’, and ‘Small Time’

The festival proper is over, but all the titles at the Whistler Film Festival are still available to stream through the end of the month. With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at three more films that you can watch right now.

Death of a Ladies Man

Gabriel Byrne & Jessica Paré / Death of a Ladies Man

Gabriel Byrne is one of those actors who shows up and makes whatever he is in better, and Death of a Ladies Man is no different.

The story follows an ageing university professor who is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour and starts having hallucinatory visions, many of which are influenced by the music of Leonard Cohen, including at least once dance number and frequent visits from his deceased father (Brian Gleeson). Once he reaches the end of his rope, he goes home to Ireland and meets a beautiful younger woman called Charlotte (Jessica Paré), and all but disappears from his family’s life.

Bryne is in fine form here, playing into the intellectual rockstar persona of his character. While there are some good supporting performances (including Karelle Tremblay, also seen in this festival in You Will Remember Me) and some inventive and surreal imagery, the whole thing is let down by its ending. There are some other minor issues, but the ending feels slapdash and thrown together as though they ran out of time and just went with what they had.

Death of a Ladies Man is streaming as part of the Whistler Film Festival until December 31st.

Between Waves

Luke Robinson & Fiona Graham / Between Waves

Jamie (Fiona Graham), a photographer, is stuck in a cycle of grief following the disappearance and presumed death of her boyfriend, Isaac (Luke Robinson), a physicist. Coasting through her life in the aftermath of this event, she keeps seeing him around town until finally he confronts her and tells her he is from another dimension and she can cross over to be with him again.

Between Waves is a fast-paced film that is either a science fiction story about lovers separated by quantum worlds, or a story about a woman who is hallucinating from the benzos her assistant gave her. Either way, the film is let down by its script, which does a pretty good job of keeping things a mystery while also featuring some cringey and on the nose dialogue.

Still, there is some gorgeous cinematography from both Canada and the Azores to be appreciated.

Between Waves is streaming as part of the Whistler Film Festival until December 31st.

Small Time

Audrey Grace Marshall / Small Time

Growing up in this world can be a hard thing to do, especially in areas hit hard by the recession and the ongoing opioid crisis. Small Time is a story of a young girl, Emma (played by Audrey Grace Marshall), living with her grandfather whose life is turned upside down when he passes away, and she is sent to live with her mother.

Emma’s is thrust neck deep into a world of poverty, drugs, and abusive parental figures. A difficult watch, the film frames everything from Emma’s point of view, often relegating exactly what the adults are doing around her to the background to highlight her not understanding the world she is living in, or the danger she is in almost always.

Audrey Grace Marshall, who literally ages before our eyes (the film was shot over a period of three years) is a talent to watch, as her performance carries the story. One of the more thought-provoking films playing the festival this year, Small Time is worth yours.

Small Time is streaming as part of the Whistler Film Festival until December 31st


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