2011. Canada. Ivan Grbovic. 91 min.
Friday, March 16, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2011. Canada. Directed by Ivan Grbovic. Screenplay by Grbovic, Sara Mishara. With Ali Ammar, Joseph Bou Nassar, Sanda Bourenane. Grbovic's debut feature is both an unsentimental tearjerker and a revealing and sympathetic portrait of Montreal's Lebanese community. Amir, a young man struggling with a congenital physical disability, invents a cyber-idenitity for himself, Romeo 11, an avatar who is as outgoing as Amir is introverted. Meanwhile, Amir's father keeps him under close watch, his older sister has the family in a tizzy preparing for her traditional wedding, and his younger sister is thoroughly Canadian. When Romeo 11 strikes up an Internet romance, Amir rents a hotel room and wonders how his new "girlfriend" will react to his true self. In his first film role, Ammar delivers a natural and heartbreaking performance. Print courtesy of Métropole Films Distribution. In French, Arabic; English subtitles. 91 min.