VIFF 2014: Martin's Pink Pickle has a confident approach

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      Martin’s Pink Pickle (Canada)  

      The silly title is justified by an original ukulele song performed by the title character (Quincy Newton), hiding a secret that’s unusually hard to guess. Living a bland life in Hope, B.C., with his gently domestic girlfriend, he has an oddly compelling connection with a slightly tougher woman, played by appealing Yank Kerry Knuppe, who comes across like Norah Jones with a Julia Roberts smile. Putting aside some unlikely coincidences, sophomore director René Brar and first-time screenwriter Curtis Woloschuk (who is also a film critic), have an unusually confident and subtle approach to storytelling, eliding key elements through literal blackouts and surprising us with what happened when we weren’t looking.

      International Village, September 29 (6:30 p.m.) and October 1 (1:30 p.m.)