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Piece of Mind

A single father, annoyed with his young son at breakfast, gives him a beating and then leaves for work; the boy takes his backpack and runs away from home. Shot on digital video (and letterboxed), this engrossing family drama by Canadian director Dino Koutras tracks father and son on their parallel paths of self-loathing: the father, a stressed-out salesman, shouts at customers over the phone and gets himself fired, while the son stops to listen to a homeless man chanting, tosses a photo of himself into the river, and finally returns home, where he stares at the family dog. The plot is fairly schematic, yet the video generates a sad irony with its measured tone and Jessie Turner's cool, elegant videography. 70 min.

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