Possible Worlds

on September 12, 2000 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
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   Who killed George Barber (Tom McCamus) and why was his brain stolen? It has something to do with alternate realities and the existence of more than one George Barber but, whatever the explanation, audiences can be forgiven for thinking it's not just Barber's brain that's missing.

   Robert Lepage ("Le Confessional", "No") is very talented but "Possible Worlds" is very dumb. It's not that the film's concept, adapted by John Mighton from his play, is a bad one, but that Lepage's execution of it is so inept and so annoyingly solemn. McCamus plays his parts monotonously and Tilda Swinton as both a neurology professor and a businesswoman fails to delineate her two characters. Other than the differing hairstyles, they may as well be the same person. Add some scientific mumbo jumbo, some pointlessly exotic sets and a whole lot of pretentious dialogue and you'll wish you were in any world but this one.    Starring Tom McCamus and Tilda Swinton. Directed by Robert Lepage. Written by John Mighton. Produced by Sandra Cunningham and Bruno Jobin. No distributor set. Science Fiction. Not yet rated. Running time: 93 min.

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