In addendum to Mr. Knox's recent post on Bright Star and Love and Savagery, I would like to point out what makes Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day and Bright Star unlikely bedfellows: cats!
Trailer Park Boys, of course, features renown cat-lover Bubbles and Countdown to Liquor Day doesn't disappoint. I always admired films and TV shows that spend their cutesy capital on kitties, rather than puppies or kids, for that matter.
Meanwhile, the superb Bright Star is a bright spot in the program and not just because of its sumptuous execution; it's a movie for hopeless romantics and cat fanciers alike! (Isn't one market just an extension of the other?) The Brawne family enjoys the company of a pithy puss that perfectly punctuates and peppers scenes through-out the movie. As acted by 'Topper,' witness the cat's extended, humiliated glare as Fanny's kid sister carries him into their new home.
Cat actors are kind of like Anthony Hopkins: more limited than we care to admit, but able to appear as if they are projecting our deep emotional canvases.
Countdown to Liquor Day opens the Fest tonight, while Bright Star plays tomorrow at 9:30pm at the Oxford.