TIFF review: Roads In February (Les routes en fevrier)
ROADS IN FEBRUARY (LES ROUTES EN FEVRIER) DISC D: Katherine Jerkovic. Canada/Uruguay. 82 min. Sep 13, 8:45 pm, TBLB 2.
ROADS IN FEBRUARY (LES ROUTES EN FEVRIER) DISC D: Katherine Jerkovic. Canada/Uruguay. 82 min. Sep 13, 8:45 pm, TBLB 2 Sep 14, 5:45 pm, Scotiabank 6 Sep 15, 8:45 pm, Scotiabank 11. See listing. Rating: NNNN
Writer/director Jerkovics delicate, intimate first feature about a young Canadian (Arlen Aguayo Stewart) visiting her grandmother (Gloria Demassi) in a small village in Uruguay is exactly the sort of modestly scaled, thoughtfully realized drama that gets lost in a festival filled with bigger, shinier productions.
Jerkovic is a gifted, intuitive storyteller who doesnt need to oversell her storys emotional undercurrents she trusts her audience to understand whats going on simply by paying attention to her actors faces.
Speaking of which: this is Aguayo Stewarts first leading role after a handful of TV credits. It wont be her last.