Review: Vicky and Sam

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Vicky works at a local video store (remember those?) and Sam becomes a regular customer.  Their eyes meet across the aisles of DVDs and there are instant sparks.

It’s a predictable, cute, formulaic Hollywood rom-com but everything is what it seems at first.  In classic play-within-a-play style, we cut to a diner where three writers are working to put the story we on screen together.  What follows is something of a Greek tragedy as they throw new wrinkles and twists into the story, oddly playing out in real-time right in front of them.

I found Nuno Rocha’s film tongue-in-cheek, fun, innovative and particularly entertaining to watch as a filmmaker.  I featured it at a Treepot Film Festival screening at the Bytowne in 2012. 

The film has gone on to win dozens of awards. Vicky and Same and available to watch in its entirety on Vimeo.

More info & links:

  • Director: Nuno Rocha
  • Cast: Jolyn Janis, Luke Francis, Daniel Moore, Jenny Zhang, Andrew Hlinsky, Isac Mourana
  • IMDB

Jith Paul

Web Designer, Editor, Film Reviewer

Jith Paul is an independent filmmaker based in Ottawa. While pursuing a career as a software engineer, he decided to take a detour to follow his passion for film and filmmaking, establishing Treepot Media in 2010.

He is a co-founder of the Ottawa Canadian Film Festival, and editor of the film613 blog.

When he is not busy fighting crime, he coordinates the efforts of an international team of software developers and service providers as the Team Lead for Digital Development at CPAC, the Cable Public Affairs Channel.