A troubled man (Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek)
on the run recalls the mysterious events that brought him to his present
fugitive state, in the enigmatic, elliptical and moving second feature
from director Sarah Adina Smith (Midnight Swim).
An eccentric mountain man is on the run
from the authorities, surviving the winter
by breaking into empty vacation homes in
a remote community. Regularly calling into
radio talk shows — where he has acquired
the nickname “Buster” — to rant about the
impending dangers of Y2K, he is haunted by
visions of being lost at sea, and memories of
his former life as a family man.
Buster (Rami Malek) was once Jonah, a
hard-working husband and father whose job
as the night-shift concierge at a hotel took
its toll on his mood and, consequently, his
marriage to the sensitive and long-suffering
Marty (Kate Lyn Sheil) — until a chance
encounter with a conspiracy-obsessed drifter
(DJ Qualls) changed the course of their lives
forever. As the sad and solitary present-day
Buster drifts from house to house and eludes
the local sheriff at every turn, we gradually
piece together the events that fractured
his life and left him alone on top of a snowy
mountain, or perhaps in a small rowboat in
the middle of a vast ocean — or both.
Following the found-footage genre twister
The Midnight Swim, Sarah Adina Smith’s
second feature puts her on another level as
a writer and director. Beautiful, enigmatic
and elliptical, Buster’s Mal Heart also features
a powerful performance from Malek
as the silent, broken protagonist. Taking his
first big-screen leading role after his starring
turn in the hit TV series Mr. Robot, Malek
proves here that he’s more than capable of
carrying the weight of a feature film.
Showing at TIFF:
Sun Sep 11, Mon Sep 12, Thu Sep 15, Fri, Sep 16
I just read that Deacon fic, and holy fuck, you have chops! Like, I'm still sitting here shaking my head at how well it pulled me in and kept me there.
I know you sent this like a week ago but I kinda just wanted to keep it in my inbox so I could pop in, give it a read every now and then, and smile. I’m thrilled you enjoyed Jonah and the Whale from the 2016 FOBB! It was a labor of love, and a great experience. I’d never written anything longer than 2k before, so I’m relieved this longer piece flowed well enough to keep you interested.
Thank you for taking the time to send me this message, it’s so kind of you, and I really appreciate it!