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October 19, 2019

Retrospekt (Retrospect)

Hosted by Rendezvous With Madness / Workman Arts


651 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON, Canada

October 19 at 2:30 PM

Retrospect is a chaotic puzzle of an unreliable narrator’s memories, anarchic bursts of punk music, sporadic and shredded timeline. And yet, in the heart of the story are Mette and her so-called ‘perfect’ nuclear family. Mette (Circé Lethem) is a domestic violence support worker, and the film starts with her intervening in a violent and abusive altercation involving a strange young couple on vacation. It then jumps to a family dinner where Mette confronts her husband, who clearly doesn’t equate the importance of her career to his. After this uncomfortable scene, back to the future and Mette in the hospital following a catastrophic accident. She’s now in a wheelchair and has no recollection of preceding events. Gradually, Mette starts remembering how she invited Lee (Lien Wildemeersch), a client, to escape an abusive partner by moving in. The arrangement soon explodes, Mette’s flashbacks offering only vague clues to the calamity. But who is really to blame for Mette’s downfall?

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ASL interpretation. Open captions. This venue is not wheelchair accessible. The Workman Arts Theatre has stairs up from the street into the building and into the theatre and stairs down to the washrooms. More accessibility information is available on the Workman Arts website.