This Beautiful City

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  87 min.
Release Date: May 23, 2008 (limited)
DVD: October 21, 2008

Current rating: Rating: 3.00
based on 16 votes and 2 reviews
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Cast: Kristin Booth, Caroline Cave, Noam Jenkins, Stuart Hughes, Aaron Poole


Friday night in Toronto's lower west end. Chatter from a dinner party in Harry and Carol's nouveau-riche condo drifts through an open balcony door, as two freebase cokeheads, Pretty and Johnny, have a party on their own in the alley below. As the dinner guests leave, the hostess is nowhere to be found. Until, a wet thud and a sharp scream rise up to the balcony.

Pretty stares in horror at Carol's body, splayed on the alley floor, as Harry screams for help from above. The sharp burst of police sirens sends the cokeheads running as Peter, a middle aged police officer, sprints from his cruiser to check Carol's vitals.

Rocket forward three months and these five disparate lives begin to cataclysmically intersect through weaving multi-narrative story arcs that release spurts and geysers of long-suppressed sexuality and aggression.

Beautiful things can happen when you hit rock bottom.

Filmed in Toronto. The director/writer and cast members are Canadian.

Director: Ed Gass-Donnelly
Studio: Seville Pictures
Producer(s): Lee Kim, Ed Gass-Donnelly, Aaron Poole
Screenplay: Ed Gass-Donnelly
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  • 1 star "A truly mediocre effort, tired and lackluster, with one dimensional characters nobody cares about. Ethnic characters are depicted in an offensive and racist manner."