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TIFF Review: ‘Firecrackers’

September 16, 2018Sherry Li

Firecrackers, from Canadian director Jasmin Mozaffari, is a gorgeously shot, tension-filled tale about two young women who ache to break free from the town — and the people in it — that they live in.

The film is Mozaffari's feature debut, but it is already a complex, layered story that will quickly resonate with women. It follows best friends Lou (Michaela Kurimsky) and Chantal (Karena Evans), who have been saving up for months waiting to leave for New York City. Quickly, their plans fall apart, and their friendship is tested as they must deal with everything that gets thrown their way. All the characters, in particular Lou, are incredibly flawed, however there is no judgement or criticism of their actions from the movie itself; the film lets things happen, unraveling the flaws and tensions that bubble under the surface from all the characters.

Firecrackers is bold, beautiful and disturbing in many ways, but it also feels incredibly raw and real. Mozaffari's debut film is honest to its characters, and the cinematography is full of energy, with shots following these women as though the audience was right there with them.

Firecrackers makes its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 33 min.

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