Robin Williams did it in Insomnia and One Hour Photo. Jim Carrey tried it for The Number 23. Even Eddie Murphy did Vampire in Brooklyn. It is a little jarring when you see a well-known comedian in a serious thriller or horror movie.
Jay Baruchel may not be as famous as those listed above, but even if you do not recognize his name, you will surely recognize his face from a string of popular comedies – Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder, Fanboys, She’s Out of My League, and short-lived, but brilliant TV show Undeclared. He is a goofy, gangly dork, but is very funny, easy-to-like, and full of self-deprecating charm. Though known for comedy, Baruchel has also proven himself in a scarce few dramas, such as Million Dollar Baby.
Before making a name for himself in Hollywood, Baruchel got his start in his native Canada. And with his new movie, Baruchel returns home for the French-Canadian thriller Good Neighbors.
Set in 1995, the year of the second referendum on the separation of Quebec, in the dead of winter, a serial killer is on the loose in the small Montreal neighborhood of Notre Dame de Grace. Neighbors Spencer, a wheelchair bound widow, and Louise, who has abnormal relationship with her cat, have bonded over their fascination with a recent string of murders terrorizing their community.
When a new tenant named Victor arrives in the building, all three quickly hit it off. But as they soon discover, each of them has their own dark secrets. As the violence outside mounts, the city retreats indoors for safety. But the more time these three spend together in their apartment building, the clearer it becomes that what they once thought of as a safe haven is as dangerous as any outside terrors they could imagine.
Watch the trailer for the film posted in the VIDEO box on the left side of the article.
Starring alongside Baruchel are fellow Canadians Scott Speedman (Underworld, The Strangers, Felicity), Emily Hampshire (The Trotsky, Snow Cake), and Xavier Dolan (Heartbeats, I Killed My Mother). The film is written and directed by yet another Canuck, Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky, Twist).
Good Neighbors is based on the 1982 novel Chère Voisine by Chrystine Brouillet. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Starting this Friday, August 5 through Thursday, August 11, Good Neighbors will screen at the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, as part of the center’s ongoing series “Canada is Bigger than the U.S.” series. The movie will screen nightly at 7:30 pm.
Actor/Director Jacob Tierney and actress Emily Hampshire visited Zeitgeist last August for the New Orleans premiere of their film, The Trotsky (which also starred Jay Baruchel), and the center is pleased to present the trio’s newest collaboration.
So come out to the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center (1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. New Orleans) this weekend and next to catch this new film and take advantage of all the Zeitgeist Arts Center has to offer. And by doing so, help support one the premier alternative arts center in the South.
Tickets are $7 general / $6 students & seniors / $5 Zeitgeist members
You can also visit the Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center’s website here.
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