Review: Dirt Town

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It took one call to change her life forever. When her husband, a train conductor working for the Canadian Pacific Railway, got transferred to work in a remote place in British Colombia, an unhappy wife is now forced to adapt to a new reality and to a husband that she no longer recognizes.

“I hated him for that.” 

The story follows an unhappy couple in their two-week long moving road trip.

There’s a lot to like like here. Dirt Town (2021) uses a good amount of dirtiness and grime in its colour grading, and it’s representative of where the characters are headed, where the story goes.

Lisa Meuser uses music beautifully. The music can go by unnoticed because it’s so naturally woven into the narrative. At other times, when it wants to be noticed, it elevates a scene in the most wonderful way.

More info & links:

  • Director: Lisa Meuser
  • Dirt Town screened at the Shorts at Home 3 at the Ottawa Canadian Film Festival in 2021.

Alvin Tsang

Film Reviewer

In his youth Alvin loved watching movies and would find himself spending his lunch money and allowance at the box office. He loved the Matrix and the X-Men films, and somewhere along the way, he discovered a love for horror movies — HereditaryMidsommar and Mother! being his favourites. He now holds a professional writing diploma, a couple of journalism degrees, and likes to spend his free time reviewing movies on IMDB and for various magazines. @alvinwct