Toronto After Dark International Film Festival

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Special

Hal Haberman & Jeremy Passmore, USA, 2006, 81 minutes, English Subtitles

Opening Night Gala Screening & Canadian Premiere, Co-Presented with The Beguiling
Director Hal Haberman in Attendance

Special

"As if Kevin Smith directed Unbreakable" - Efilmcritic
"An absolutely stunning performance from Michael Rapaport" - Boxoffice

Sharp writing, a deft touch behind the camera and a stunning performance by lead actor Michael Rapaport make Special a remarkably fresh and unique take on the superhero genre.

Perennial supporting man Rapaport steps into a rare lead role as Les, a solitary parking enforcement officer who volunteers for an experimental anti-depression drug trial. The drug, marketed under the brand name of Special, is designed to block the brain chemicals that trigger feelings of self doubt but it does far more than that for Les. Shortly after he begins taking it he gains the ability to fly; he becomes telepathic; he can walk through walls. A life long comic book fan Les takes this as a sign that he is called to life as a super hero and quits his job to focus purely on performing heroic acts. But it isn't long before two strange men in suits and a limo begin following Les wherever he goes and the use of his powers seems to exact a physical toll.

Special is at once an incredibly realistic take on the super hero genre, a character study of a man descending into madness, and a blacker than pitch dark comedy. - Todd Brown

  • Official Selection - Sundance Film Festival
  • Official Selection - Edinburgh Film Festival
Screening Details
Oct. 20, 7.00pm, Bloor Cinema
Screens with short film: The Grandfather Paradox
Includes entry to Opening Night Party at The Mod Club Theatre (Age 19+ Only)
Tickets: $15 or $12 for Students / Bloor Cinema Members
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