The Spring series of the Kitchen Stove Film Presentation wraps on April 25 with a bittersweet comedy about a Glasgow boy locked in a family feud who just wants a way out in The Angels Share.
Robbie (Paul Brannigan) is young, intermittently employed and quarrelsome but determines to straighten out his life when he finds out his girlfriend is pregnant. When he sneaks into the maternity hospital to visit his young girlfriend Leonie (Siobhan Reilly) and hold his newborn son Luke for the first time, he is overwhelmed. He swears that Luke will not lead the same stricken life he has led.
While doing community service Robbie meets Rhino (William Ruane), Albert (Gary Maitland) and Mo (Jasmin Riggins) for whom, like him, work is little more than a distant dream. Little did Robbie imagine that turning to drink might change their lives — not cheap fortified wine, but the best malt whiskies in the world.
On a distillery outing the Highlands, Robbie discovers he has a natural nose for the finest brew and he and his mates soon hatch a scheme to put the “angels share” — the two per cent of every barrel which evaporates over the course of a year — to better use down on earth. From grubby realism to sprightly fable, this is a rollicking comedy — but like the finest whiskey it’s got a bit of kick.
Also screening as part of the TIFF Student Showcase is April Doesn’t Hurt Here by Matthew Yim. Pre-purchased single tickets are $13 and available at the Penticton Art Gallery and The Book Shop. The movies will be screened at the Landmark Cinema 7 and limited tickets ($15) may be available at the door.