No Men Beyond This Point

(Canada, 2015, 80 mins, DCP)
Director:
CAST Patrick Gilmore, Kristine Cofsky, Tara Pratt, Cameron McDonald, Rekha Sharma, Ken Kramer
PROD Kaleena Kiff, Galen Fletcher
SCR Mark Sawers
CAM Thomas Billingsley, Christopher Charles Kempinski
ED Mark Sawers
PROD DES Theresa Konrad
MUS Don Macdonald
PROD CO YXY Productions Ltd.

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Here’s an interesting premise: Women develop the ability to reproduce asexually. Furthermore, males are no longer being born and have become, unsurprisingly, an endangered species. They’ve disappeared from all major posts—economic, political, you name it—and sex and violence have been outlawed. In fact, most of the remaining males are now cared for in special reservations cut off from society…

Director Mark Sawers’ (Camera Shy, VIFF 2013) deadpan mockumentary follows the youngest man still alive—37-year-old Andrew Myers (Patrick Gilmore)—who toils as a housekeeper for a West Vancouver all-female family. While Sawers’ use of some of the common tropes of the documentary genre (talking heads and re-enactments) offers much amusement, the film’s true strength lies in the playfulness with which it incorporates archival—and "archival"—footage. Using historical clips out of context and staging other imagined past events in incredible detail, Sawers demonstrates that he is at the height of his satirical powers.

"Michael Moore meets The Handmaid’s Tale—and turns it on its head."—Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail

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