CARTS OF DARKNESS (Murray Siple, Canada). 60 minutes. Monday (April 21), 7 pm, Royal; April 24, noon, Isabel Bader. Rating: NNNN
Big Al chooses his grocery carts for speed, steering accuracy and riding comfort. He flies down North Vancouver's steep hills on the carts at up to 60 kilometres an hour. Al is also homeless. He, Fergie and a few others make pocket cash by binning -- scooping people's recycling bottles and cashing them in.
Director Murray Siple befriends half a dozen homeless men and captures poignant moments about what it's like to live in the woods or sleep on cold floors. But the film's main energy comes from the carting sequences, whose fantastic point-of-view cinematography brings us into the excitement.