Hot Docs review: The Magic Life Of V

Finnish doc is a sensitive, moving study of a young woman who copes with her traumatic past through live action role-playing


THE MAGIC LIFE OF V (Tonislav Hristov, Finland). 85 minutes. Rating: NNNN


The latest from Finnish-based documentarian Tonislav Hristov (Love & Engineering, The Good Postman) is a sensitive, moving study of a young woman named Veera who copes with her traumatic past and challenging present by immersing herself in live action role-playing, where she can slay actual demons and escape from her own. 

Hristov doesn’t condescend to Veera or frame the LARPing sequences as absurd he just follows her through her days as she tries to look after her older brother, who sustained brain damage as a baby, and edge toward a reconciliation with – or at least an understanding of – her abusive father.

And slowly, The Magic Life Of V reveals Veera as the heroic fighter she is rather than the one she pretends to be on weekends. 

May 1, 9:45 pm, TIFF 3 May 2, 3:30 pm, Scotiabank 13 May 5, 9 pm, TIFF 3

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