DVD Review - Fall (2017)
This film premiered in 2014 in Vancouver. As it rolls out nationwide in the U.S., it hearkens back to another film, which also premiered in 2014. Some might recall John Michael McDonagh's Calvary. It too focused on a priest in Ireland who counsels various people in his town, while also juggling news of a man who admits to being molested by a priest.
The difference between McDonagh and Odette is the mystery surrounding that molestation and the man abused. McDonagh keeps the identity of the abused man at bay but makes sure there's no question that the molestation was real and did occur. Odette does the reverse almost. He keeps the molestation as a bit of a question mark, and instead of at bay, the abused man's identity is clear. Both films keep the abused man as not an active character for the most part. The abused man is more of a specter that haunts the men in both McDonagh and Odette's films.
|Cas Anvar (left) plays a gay man counseled by|
Father Ryan, played by Michael Murphy in 'Fall'
Suzanne Clément (Mommy and Laurence Anyways) plays Catherine, the sister of Christopher. She accuses Father Ryan of molesting her brother. She even threatens to call the police. She expresses definite hatred. She spews definite venom at him. Her brother never gets to confront the priest, but through Catherine, one feels Christopher's pain, the bone-cutting pain. Unfortunately, Odette only gives her one scene.
What some might find frustrating is the question of molestation is arguably left unanswered. Catherine is convinced. The power of that alone could be the clincher, but Father Ryan does deny the accusations, but a later vision or memory reveals a relationship that might have been consensual. Whether or not, it still could have been an abuse of power. Christopher's recollections are unclear. Yet, Odette leaves it there.
Not Rated but contains language and nudity.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 21 mins.