MEAN DREAMS (Nathan Morlando). 108 minutes. Opens Friday (October 21). See listings. Rating: NNNN
The story – a forbidden romance between two teens in a small town – is not new, but Nathan Morlando (Edwin Boyd – Citizen Gangster) and his excellent cast give it great energy, cranking up the tension to unbearable levels.
Jonas (Josh Wiggins) lives on his father’s farm with his severely depressed mother. When Casey (Sophie Nélisse of Monsieur Lazhar) moves into the property next door, they strike up a friendship, against the wishes of her father, a violent cop (a terrifying Bill Paxton). The corrupt police chief (Colm Feore) is no help.
Aided by his fresh and engaging young actors – an intense Wiggins and very watchable Nélisse have crackling chemistry – Morlando is turning into a master of mood. And credit cinematographer Steve Cosens with making the fields and forests look spectacular.