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'Kodachrome' TIFF 2017 Review: A predictable but sincere road trip worth taking

September 17, 2017Ben MK

Ed Harris stars in a pair of films at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, and while he plays a man dying of cancer in both, the two movies — one an allegory for creation itself, the other, a road movie about the relationship between a father and his son — couldn't be more different.

In Kodachrome, Harris is Ben Rider, a renowned photojournalist with a legacy of achievements. Being a father, however, isn't one of them, as his estranged son, indie band manager Matt (Jason Sudeikis), can attest. Convinced by Zooey (Elizabeth Olsen), Ben's nurse, Matt reluctantly embarks on a road trip from New York City to Parsons, Kansas, to help his father hand-deliver some rolls of undeveloped film to the last remaining Kodachrome photo lab in the world, before it closes forever. What develops along the way, though, is unexpected for all of them.

Can two damaged people help mend each other? And can old wounds be healed before it's too late? Audiences may be able to see this story's twists and turns coming from a mile away, but that doesn't lessen these performances any. Directed by Mark Raso, Kodachrome is predictable, but its sincerity makes this a trip worth taking.

Kodachrome is receiving its world premiere as part of TIFF 2017's Special Presentations programme. Its runtime is 1 hr. 45 min.

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