“Every balcony is a poem, a chant — a muscle!” — Guy
Maddin Making its North American debut at TIFF in September and its American debut during Chicago’s International Film Festival come October, ACCIDENCE is only 10 minutes long, one long shot of a rather common apartment building. But, much like a neighbour you grow to appreciate, with each viewing you can’t help but be drawn in. As we watch, Rear-Window-style, we are surprised again and again as each new character appears and reappears. The soundtrack, Ensign Broderick’s ‘Accidence PSA’, floats in like an evening breeze, winding its way through each balcony. Even if your attention span is shorter than this sentence, filmmakers Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson have cleverly captivated the viewer by turning her into the voyeur.