Sean Garrity’s INerTia is a stylish,
humorous and honest exploration of restlessness, doubt, desire and
regret. It’s a mature work that examines awkward infidelity and
unrequited love, and the complicated romantic inter-relations that
result. It’s also a love triangle with four people in it.
Joseph, a water department chemist in Winnipeg, searches for the source
of a mysterious infection in the city water system, while obsessing about
Laura, his ex-girlfriend. Laura is trying to seduce Bruce, an information
technology hardware specialist. He is a reformed-hedonist who recently
returned with his new Japanese bride. Bruce lusts for Joseph’s
second cousin, Alex. Alex, a 19-year-old student, has her eye on Joseph,
and artfully arranges to move into his apartment. The four-sided triangle
starts to collapse, and the city keeps boiling the water.
Taking a cue from the works of English director Mike Leigh, and Vancouver
director Bruce Sweeney, the work started as an improvisational project
with the director and actors working together on scenes and characters.
Their intense workshop lasted six months and generated 30 hours of video
footage, which was edited down to the first draft of the script. The
result is natural dialogue, realistic characters and extremely naturalistic
performances. Michael Marshall, Guy Maddin’s cinematographer, provides
energetic visuals, accentuated by composer Richard Moody and award-winning
production designer Kim Forrest.
Awarded the Best Canadian First Feature Film: 2001 Toronto International
This film contains nudity and sexual content
Street Cinemas A, Saturday, March 8, 7:00 PM
The Egyptian Theatre, Sunday, March 9, 2:15 PM