Despite this year’s TIFF being filled to the brim with high-profile Oscar contenders, “12 Years a Slave”, “Prisoners”, “Rush” and “August: Osage County” being just a few of the names that come to mind, there was plenty of room for seemingly modest indies to steal some of the Toronto spotlight as well.
For instance, “Dom Hemingway”. Directed and written by Richard Shepard (“The Matador”), the British crime comedy stars Jude Law in one of the sleaziest, most sordid yet wickedly hilarious roles ever.
Not only does the double Oscar nominee get a chance to blow off some steam (after all, things haven’t really gone his way of late in regards to critical acclaim), but he does it with such gusto and bliss that he could make even Robert Downey Jr. jealous… for a change.
And let’s not forget about charisma. You need quite a big dose of it to sport that trashy hairdo, the creepy facial hair arrangement showing off Law’s “noble” chin, run around butt naked and hammered out of your mind and still somehow come off as charming (in a homeless, trailer trash kind of way, but still).
Richard E. Grant as a crippled old Dom Hemingway compadre “of arms” and Demian Bichir as a ruthless Russian drug kingpin also look like they had the times of their lives shooting this thing, so one more reason to check it out in UK theaters come November 15 and stateside next April.