Opening for a limited run at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Tuesday (May 10),
The People Garden is the third film in 12 months about people venturing
into that creepy forest at the foot of Japan’s Mt. Fuji.
But where Gus Van Sant’s The Sea Of Trees was a melodrama and Jason Zada’s The Forest
a (terrible) horror movie, The People Garden is a stranger, more
elliptical creation. Writer/director Nadia Litz has made a mood piece
Sweetpea (Dree Hemingway) has come to Japan to break up with her
rock-star boyfriend, Jamie (François Arnaud), who’s shooting a video in
the aforementioned forest. But he’s gone missing, leaving Sweetpea in
the company of the stone-faced Mak (Jai Tatsuto West), who’s clearly
hiding a secret or two.
Not everything lands. Some of the industry stuff around Jamie’s video
is clunky, and performances by James Le Gros and Pamela Anderson don’t
quite synch with the movie’s tone.
But when Litz puts us alone in that forest with Sweetpea and her fears, The People Garden has a dark, compelling pull.
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