VIFF 2018: Love and Compassion (Shorts)


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      Grief and Regret might be a more telling title for this package of shorts, most of which deal with mortality and bitter memories.

      Such strong contenders as a Mexican tale of a single mother going to the circus, a Spanish look at two sisters with different fates, and a British film that follows a Holocaust survivor on his Brexit-age trip to the doctor are very slightly marred by stylistic overreach. The strongest pieces are the simplest dramas. In “Open Your Eyes”, an Israeli woman with failing eyesight has trouble spotting her own prejudice. In the black-and-white “Gerry”, Joan Collins—all 85 years of her—is quietly magnificent as a working-class widow suddenly forced to confront loneliness and her husband’s hidden past.