VIFF 2012 Review: Somebody Up There Likes Me
Austin, Texas, writer-director Bob Byington is an acquired taste; he makes Jim Jarmusch look like a raving sentimentalist. But his dry-eyed protagonist (Keith Poulson), whose detachment keeps him from aging a day in 35 years, is a fitting, and often funny, stand-in for the don’t-care-why generation. This boy-man’s conflict-avoidance skills are sharp, but some of the film’s targets are too obvious to matter much.
Granville, September 28 (9:30 p.m.) and 30 (2:30 p.m.) and October 5 (11 p.m.)