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Timo is a joyless, but very famous, concert pianist. He lives his daily life practicing concertos and trying to sort out what went wrong with his marriage. When he returns home one night to find an overweight, slightly drunken man sleeping outside his apartment, he discovers that this is the father who left when he was three-years-old. Non-plussed, but curious about his roots, Timo agrees to take Leo on a road trip to reconnect with their fractured and disparate family, completely disrupting Timo’s life in the meantime. But maybe that’s just what Timo needs.

What begins as a dubious film about a man trying to reconnect with his son becomes a beautiful family story that is unpredictable in the same way life is.

Despite being a twist on the old “Prodigal Son” story, Road North falls into none of the usual “found parent/sibling/child” movies, instead preferring to focus its energy on storytelling and character building.

North American versions of this story are obsessed with “getting to know” each other and “healing old wounds”, where Timo and Leo seem content to simply discover one another, rather than beat out exposition. This relaxed quality makes the journey seem more real, and as each man becomes whole, much more satisfying.

When all is laid bare and the climax and catharsis are finally reached, it remains remarkably un-clichéd and will leave viewers feeling fulfilled.

Is Road North Essential TIFF Viewing?

Road North is the perfect festival movie ““ it’s light, but has substance and will pick you up when you’re tired of festival-ing or sandwiched between a documentary about child soldiers and a historical epic. Definitely fit this into your festival schedule if you can.

Road North Screening Times

  • Saturday, September 8 at Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 9 at 6:00 PM,
  • Sunday, September 9 at Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 9 at 12:30 PM, and
  • Sunday, September 16 at Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 10 at 9:00 AM

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