A road movie. An unorthodox crime story. Portrait of an unlikely companionship. Belgian director Caroline Strubbe’s uniquely crafted second feature combines all of these to tell the moving story of a man and a child in mourning as they journey through Western Europe.

Wavelengths

I'm the same I'm an other

Caroline Strubbe

A road movie. An unorthodox crime story. Portrait of an unlikely companionship. Belgian director Caroline Strubbe's uniquely crafted second feature, I'm the same I'm an other, combines all of these to tell the moving story of a man and a child in mourning as they journey through Western Europe.

Szabolcs (Zoltán Miklós Hajdu), a scruffy thirty-year-old, speeds a car down an unspecified highway. His young companion, nine-year-old Tess (Kimke Desart), sits in the back. Their interactions are riddled with tension, but we don't yet understand why. As they make their way to a harbour, we slowly come to realize that they are on the run from something. Deep in the bowels of a passenger ferry, Szabolcs does his best to hide Tess's presence. A tragic discovery thrusts their relationship into a completely different realm. After disembarking from the ferry, they settle into a new home for themselves in a small, seaside cottage, where Szabolcs becomes father figure to the obsessive-compulsive Tess.

At once tough and tender, I'm the same I'm an other is an eerie vision full of telling silences and subtle gestures. Beautiful widescreen, desaturated cinematography, guided by Strubbe's sensitive eye, offers us striking passages set against a picturesque landscape. Built from an exceptional collection of details, the film asks for your patience — and rewards it with a precise, distilled portrait of a relationship.

CAMERON BAILEY

Screenings

Sun Sep 08

TIFF Bell Lightbox 5

Industry
9:30am
Mon Sep 09

TIFF Bell Lightbox 4

Regular
9:45pm
Tue Sep 10

Jackman Hall

Regular
9:00am
Thu Sep 12

Scotiabank 6

Industry
3:15pm
Fri Sep 13

TIFF Bell Lightbox 4

Regular
8:45pm