Starring Claudia Dey. Written and directed by Yonah Lewis, Calvin Thomas. PG. 79 min. Opens Aug. 23 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
A worthy companion to Tower, Krivina, and You Are Here, this second feature by the Sheridan-trained team of Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas rates as yet another startling work by a group of young Torontonians whose eagerness to show off their smarts as cinephiles is matched by the potential they demonstrate as filmmakers. In fact, The Oxbow Cure could be this new generation’s most radical gesture yet. Largely free of dialogue, it’s a rigorously spare yet sensuously rendered portrait of a woman—played by writer Claudia Dey, who also starred in the pair’s 2011 debut, Amy George—struggling with the pain caused by her father’s death and by an unspecified disease. But while holed up in a cottage on a wintry lake, she realizes she may be sharing this forbidding landscape with another, potentially supernatural presence. Thus does the Ingmar Bergman–esque chilliness of the early scenes give way to something stranger. Viewers who are unafraid to venture into cinema’s darkest hinterlands will be impressed by what they discover here.