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Whatever investigation it's attempting, the movie is leaden in its pacing - the first 15 minutes feel like an hour - and its constricted shooting style, practically all hand-held almost close-ups, is transparent in its contrivance of realism.
Radwanski creates a visceral, impossible-to-ignore document of one man's fraught reality. It is creative, bold and even dangerous filmmaking.
[A] drama that watches what happens when adolescence ignores the calendar.
The pic burrows into a style as oppressively confining as its subject's view of marriage.
In his tale of repressed game-addicted dad Erwin (Erwin Van Cotthem), Radwanski looks not for a simple tabloid scapegoat, but digs deeper into what drives a middle-aged, middle-class man to near-paralysing regression.
In just two features and several shorts, co-conceived with producing partner Dan Montgomery, Radwanski has proven himself a gentler, Southern Ontarian answer to Dardennes-style social realism.
Canadian director Kazik Radwanski's sophomore feature How Heavy This Hammer is a sympathetic yet unsentimental portrait of contemporary masculinity in crisis.
At only two feature films, Toronto-based writer-director Kazik Radwanski has already formed a clear thematic through line.
Radwanski's depiction of Erwin's ordinariness is so concentrated and intense to the point that we're led to see nothing but ourselves in his predicament.
How Heavy This Hammer seems to be driven sincerely by human compassion and curiosity, and firmly establishes Radwanski as one of Canada's best working filmmakers.
Only by being fully immersed in Erwin's world can we root for him to find his way out.
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