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TIFF Day 7: How to start your own Country & Womb.

16 September 2010 No Comment

2:30pm, AMC Theatres.

Wow am I grateful to have a day like today, right in the middle of my TIFF marathon. Two movies that I am quite looking forward to, and don’t run too early or late. Both at one theatre, to boot!

How to start your own country is equal parts funny and thought provoking. While most people wouldn’t think to defect, secede or declare themselves a separate nation, there are those few unique people who, for whatever reason, feel the need to govern there own territory.

I just recently found out about Sealand (which might be the most recognized Micronation) and that inspired me to pick up a ticket for this documentary. Didn’t know, but was delighted to hear that it was created and directed by a Canadian.

It features a decent number of these strange little ‘Countries’ and provides a varying look at the reasons and motivations behind their founders, as well as the different goals and aspirations of each. I think I found the Q&A for this flick to be one of the most interesting, as the director and writer (I didn’t know one could get a writing credit for a documentary) purposefully didn’t say whether they believed the legitimacy of the places that they featured.

One fantastic question, which was brilliantly answered was why they decided to not include more controversial places that are fighting for independence or recognition as countries (such as Tibet), however they did touch on this slightly with interviewing the UN representatives for both Palestine and Israel. However, they wanted to focus on individuals, and specifically micronations as the base for the question “What defines a Country?” – a question that even the UN is unable to answer. It turns out to much more of a sociological and psychological as it is a geographical question, perhaps, even more so.

6:00pm, AMC Theatres.

I liked Womb so much that I put off writing my review. In fact, I haven’t even written anything yet, but I thought I’d put something up here, and maybe later devote an entire post to it. It’s an absolutely wonderful dramatic film, using minimalist landscape and dialogue, it still conveys deep emotion. Eva Green is brilliant, if stoic, throughout the entire film (and yes, it has been suggested that her character is completely insane), as the woman who bears the clone of her dead beloved. Matt Smith (oh, eleventh doctor!) is fantastic too – he’s so good in fact, it makes me sad he got cast as The Doctor because we’ll be seeing so much less of him in roles like these.

The Director was on-hand for a Q&A afterward, but either his Engish is terrible, or he just doesn’t care – because I found this to be one of the least helpful Q&As ever. I really wish Eva or Matt were there, because I had about a billion questions about their very complex characters.

It’s an intense, interesting and thought provoking look at the subject of Love – and the meaning of it. That’s all I really want to say about it for now, I’ll probably be thinking about it for weeks still.

See all my pictures from today at my TIFF ’10 Day 7 Photo Set on Flickr.