This is more a series of observations than it is a review. I have watched TRU LOVE four times in a week, and I can’t remember ever doing that with a film before. The characters are fascinating, especially Suzanne.
Christine Horne‘s character Suzanne is the personification of all the things that get in the way of love. All work and no play, laden with all sorts of emotional baggage, equipped with a well-honed sense of propriety, the character is rarely likeable, but eventually one sympathizes a bit with her attempts to make sense of the world. In TRU LOVE, Suzanne is the emotional weather, and she is mostly inclement. She is also Alice’s daughter.
Charismatic Tru (Shauna MacDonald) isn’t ready for a relationship, or so she tells Jaimie (a recent conquest played by Anna Cyzon). She cannot commit because she is holding out (without being aware of it) for someone like Alice, with whom she will fall in love at first sight.
To describe Kate Trotter‘s character Alice would be to reveal most of the story, so I won’t try.
Behind the opening credits is the icy wake of the Toronto Island Ferry’s. There is a scene in which the (incipient) lovers, Alice and Tru, sit in white chairs on the beach almost under a pink umbrella, surrounded by snow that might be mistaken for white sand were it not for still more snow falling from the sky. Later each goes to that place alone, looking for the other.
A surprising aspect of the film is the beauty of Toronto in mid-winter. It makes me miss the place. Haven’t seen the night skyline from the islands in quite a while.
It’s hard to pick the most memorable scene, but I’ve got to go with Alice giving Tru an impromptu outdoor Tango lesson. The film’s best line, “Suzanne, would you like seconds?”, is delivered perfectly by Kate Trotter in the dinner scene with Suzanne, Alice, and Tru. Worth mentioning as well is this exchange from Tru and Alice’s first dinner together:
TRU: “Why did you get married, Alice?”
ALICE: “oh. well, you know It was a different time then. I have to explain my circumstances. I mean it was either that or join a nunnery. You couldn’t be a lesbian.”
TRU: “You could if you joined a nunnery.”
The film is available for download from iTunes in both the US and Canada. The DVD will be available from Wolfe Video on 4 November and the DVD may be worth buying (for $19.95) because it includes deleted scenes (this piques my curiosity) and the bonus short film STORMCLOUD written and directed by Kate Johnston. (TRU LOVE is the directorial debut for both Johnston and Shauna MacDonald.)
Kate Trotter (Alice) will be Adriana Mueller in the film DUSE AND ME, co-written by director Antonio D’Alfonso and Jennifer Dale (LOST GIRL’s Leviathan). All that has been revealed about DUSE AND ME is that it takes place in Toronto and in the Molise region of Italy.
Jenna is played by Devon MacDonald, who was the girl trying out the very comfortable chair made from illicit wood from Bali in LOST GIRL episode 2.11, Can’t See the Fae-rest.
Anna Cyzon, who was one of the bartenders in LOST GIRL episode 2.14, Midnight Lamp, is Jaimie (the woman Tru mistakenly addresses as Jenny).
The LGBTI Iris Prize Festival in Cardiff selected Kate Trotter as Best Actress for her performance in Tru Love. The role won Trotter similar awards from festivals in San Diego and Mumbai.
Tony Elliott’s 15 minute short film ENTANGLED which stars Christine Horne is a marvelously understated piece of science fiction and is available for viewing on VIMEO for a limited time. It
is very much worth watching.