It was a good slate of films north of the border this year
Best: Can A Song Save Your Life?
While John Carney's new film struck some reviewers as phony, I responded to the film's idea that art is one of the best ways for people to heal emotional traumas, and I was surprised by how loose and funny and warm Keira Knightley is in the movie, and Mark Ruffalo gives a wonderful, rumpled dignity to the beaten-by-the-system music executive he plays. By avoiding the easy trap of making this a film about people falling into a conventional love story, "Can A Song Save Your Life?" manages to show just how people are fed by collaboration, and how important it is to find a way to process the things that break our heart. Throw in an great, tender soundtrack, and it feels like Carney has finally made another film on par with his breakthrough hit "Once."
- Drew McWeeny