Reel Asian is proud to support our co-presentation at the Reel World Film Festival. We presented director Ian Barbour’s feature HOMESTAY in 2007.
This intriguing film is some sort of odd hybrid between truth/fiction. It’s part documentary and part mockumentary – but it’s never clear where one ends and the other begins. That ambiguity though is the source of its power, and this film is always compelling and interesting. Lead character /real life documentary subject Richard Ma is very unique. He is a social outcast, but also deeply passionate. He’s sort of clueless in a way – but in an endearing way. He tries again and again to succeed – despite really having no reason to believe he can succeed. In the same way Willy Loman from Death of a Salesman expressed all the anguish of trying to live the American capitalist dream, Richard Ma seems to express the pent-up desires of the proletariat nouveau – where the currency is fame and not money. It’s always nice to find a hidden gem, and this under-the-radar movie really deserves a larger audience. Click here for full synopsis.
Reel World Film Festival Co-Presentation
Dir. Ian Barbour, Darren Heroux
Fri 8 April 5:00PM
Cineplex Canada Square (2190 Yonge St)
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