And just like that the screenings of the Canadian Film Fest come to a close at the Royal Cinema on College St. Ushering us out, is Pretend We’re Kissing, an exemplary rom-com set in Toronto, it’s preceded by the short, Iris which is directed by Simon Stock, who co-wrote it with Jay Randall. Iris follows a young woman with Asperger who may or may not be seeing another world in her bedroom.
Pretend We’re Kissing is one of those rare rom-coms that ends up being a rare delight, as unlike most rom-coms, the viewer can actually see themselves in this film. Or at least I could.
Benny (Dov Tiefenbach), who has a great inner monologue running throughout the film, can’t seem to meet the right girl. His best friend, Autumn (Zoe Kravitz) is a self-diagnosed agoraphobic and won’t leave his apartment, and keeps pushing him to get out there and meet someone.
Finally, it is a romantic comedy after all, he meets Jordan (Tommie-Amber Pirie) an adorable, fate-obsessed girl (where can I find her?!) and things seem to take off rather nicely as they get to know one another, and Toronto has never been more amazing looking serving as a romantic backdrop for the two of them.
But things aren’t always easy, some things are too much, too soon, and some things don’t work.
What the viewer is given is a treat that is genuinely funny, entertaining and wears its heart on its sleeve. This is a film with no missed beats or opportunities, as Benny searches for a connection, and finally learns to embrace and conquer his fears.
Get your tickets here for the closing night gala.