NORMAL Written and directed by Carl Bessai, with Carrie-Anne Moss, Kevin Zegers and Callum Keith Rennie. 100 minutes. A Mongrel Media release. Opens Friday (February 8) at the Carlton. Rating: NNN
Like an offshoot of Crash, Carl Bessai’s ensemble drama follows a group of tortured souls connected by a tragic car accident.
Carrie-Anne Moss plays the numb mom of the deceased star basketball player kid, English prof Callum Keith Rennie is the guilt-ridden driver of the car that ran into him, and troubled teen Kevin Zegers… well, let’s just say all the jagged little pieces come together at the end.
That’s one of the problems with the pic: it’s calculated to push your emotional buttons. Bessai gives his actors too much room to grieve, scream and heal, but Rennie and Zegers do add mystery to their characters, and Victoria, BC, certainly looks good as a hotbed of genteel repression.
Best is a powerful mid-film scene that’s erotic, suspenseful and disturbing.
See a feature interview with NORMAL star Kevin Zegers over here.