TIFF Exclusive: Trailer premiere for dark sci-fi drama 'Repeaters'
When 'Groundhog Day' goes really, really wrong
As I gear up for Toronto, I'm really second-guessing the choices I've made about what to see, and I am keeping my ears open for any buzz about movies playing, and I'm watching trailers trying to see what really jumps out at me. I'm also seeing as many films as I can before going up there, so I can have reviews ready for things like "Fubar II," "Let Me In," "Stone," and "Easy A," freeing me up to see even more films at the actual festival.
Since this is the first year I'll have a press badge for Toronto, I plan to use it constantly, and I've already scoped out wifi spots around the theater where all the press screenings will be, hoping to find a spot I can sneak away to quickly between films.
I'll have a full preview piece of the festival and what I'm seeing later this week, but for now, I'm pleased to bring you the debut of one of the Toronto trailers, for a film called "Repeaters".
I have a feeling you'll hear "it's a really dark 'Groundhog Day'" used a lot when describing this film. I love that you can go to one festival and see things like this and "Black Swan" and "127 Hours" and "The Illusionist" and "Super," that range of stuff. Keeps every day interesting.
Here's part of the official synopsis, edited to preserve some mystery:
REPEATERS is an aggressive, fast-paced thriller with an important moral question: what would you do if you knew that everyday you started over with a clean slate?
Sonia, Kyle and Weeks are three cynical outsiders fed up with the peer groups and the perceived injustices inflicted upon their early adult lives. Forced into mandatory rehab, the trio is given a day pass to attempt to complete step nine on the path to recovery - make direct amends with those they have wronged in the past.
The following morning, they begin to notice a strange, eerie repetitiveness to their day. The day’s events play out exactly like their memory of the previous day: people are carrying on the same conversations, and on the television, the morning news repeats the previous day’s broadcast. When the trio reconvene to discuss what happened to them the night before they realize that a shared experience is what is causing the day to repeat. They awake the next morning to find that their fear of reliving a same day over again is confirmed.
Upon acceptance of their predicament, the three begin to behave with more confidence and bravado because surely their misdeeds will be erased if the day continues to repeat itself. Accordingly, they set out pulling pranks and committing petty revenges, but things soon escalate, culminating in the torture and kidnapping of a rival.
It sounds to me like things get even darker before the film wraps up, and that there's some element of the film that has to do with recovery as well.
Here's when you can see it at the Toronto International Film Festival:
PREMIERE - Monday, September 13 at 9:45pm - Varsity, Theater 8
Public Screening 2 - Tuesday, September 14 at 3:30pm - AMC, Theater 5
Public Screening 3 - Saturday, September 18 at 9:30am - AMC, Theater 3
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