VIFF 2016: King Dave


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      Mesmerizing Alexandre Goyette stars in a highly kinetic film version of his own play about a rather less than ordinary Quebecker whose default self-loathing is aggressively masked by an insanely macho grandiosity that—even just to hear him tell it—is bound to get a guy in trouble!

      Tell it he does, facing the audience as he slips seamlessly from one setting to the next in what appears to be a single take. And all this while still relating (to put it politely) to the various gangsters, hustlers, drinking pals, and unlikely girlfriends he literally runs into along the way. Like its self-proclaimed monarch, the movie skirts the edges of race, class, and gender stereotypes, but it’s not really about anything at all. Sure is fun, though.