Show Me Cassandra Nicolaou

Show Me is a bleak film embodying many of the stereotypes that the Canadian film industry is desperately trying to shake off. Produced by the Canadian Film Company's Feature Film Project, it's got that grainy look, the earnest dialogue, the rural setting and the dark sexual secrets buried in each character.

The story has squeegee kids Jenna (Katherine Isabelle of Ginger Snaps) and Jackson (Kett Turton) barging into the luxury car of yuppie Sarah (Michelle Nolden), taking her hostage and forcing her to continue driving up to her isolated cottage. Mind games, violence and disturbing sexual tension ensue, and they all try to extricate themselves from the situation.

It's a slow movie filled with stilted exchanges and a forced sexuality that doesn't quite ring true. There's something compelling about the characters, even though none of them are particularly sympathetic and each of their secrets are revealed with an incredibly heavy hand.

The movie contrives to keep them stuck and isolated, and the characters stubbornly refuse to seize any moment of escape that comes their way. It becomes increasingly frustrating to watch them dig themselves deeper and deeper, lacking the wherewithal to get out. (Red Plush)