Fantasia – On the Horizon
**** (4 stars) Mesmerizing, moving… a poetry in pictures
By: ChloëBellande – mtltimes.ca
Fantasia has been such a roller-coaster ride this year, from horror to comedy to romance…magic was seen and talents were discovered, sometimes leaving us withfaces and images to remember forever. That’s the feeling I had after watching the feature drama “On The Horizon”, which premiered at Fantasia on Friday July 31st, 2015.
“On The Horizon” is a love story about how love can be good and painful at the same time. Casey (Tyler Johnson), a women magnet and daytime photographer, just about has his life together when a call from his transient ex upends his efforts. She’s wrong for himbut he’s drawn to her and their passion reignites dormantlove and consuming emotions…Then suddenly like awhirlwind,Elissa (Sandy Leddin) is gone, taking his breath with her asshe retreats to the arms of another former flame. Caseydrifts into a sullen spiral, burying himself in hard workand harder yet joyless play, desperately hoping it mayheal his wounds.
Shot on location using only the daylight and a 3-people crew, director and producer Pascal Payanthandled most of the logistics on his own. Payant comes from a background of short films and music videos, which we can tell by his camera work and breath taking scenery. Every frame is simply PICTURE PERFECT. Payant also majored in Script & Psychological analysis in movies at the University of Quebec in Montreal, which gives you an idea of the depth of his dialogues and storytelling. Although he has been directing for over 10 years, On The Horizon was his first feature film.
“The fact that I didn’t have a crew makes it harder but moreintimate and we can shoot differently. I want allaspects to be authentic, to feel real. Stunning locations, real weather, natural lighting for the wholefilm. I love when it’s raw. It makes the scenes more captivating”, shared Payant.
The movie goes by so fast, as we are captivated by the performances and the non-verbal dialogues by the lead actors.
“You can’t love someone if you don’t love yourself or won’t fix your issues. At the end everythingstarts from within… It’s all about you, first”, explained Payant.
In fact, one of my favorite line from the movie is this one: “I used to do the relationship thing. I let go of the idea that I had to be anchored to one person and ever since that moment, I decided to only be committed to myself. So, I decided to drop that passby baggage of how life should be, and start embracing how it is and how it can be. That’s when I realized that all that I thought that I needed was actually keeping me from finding the one person that I was searching for the most, and that’s myself”.
On that note, I will leave you with some links to get more insights on this pearl which has definitely caught our eyes and hearts at Fantasia this year: