True North | Youth | Canadian Images | High School Outreach
At 16, Tim (Mommy’s Antoine Olivier Pilon) is a bright student and gifted athlete. He finds himself, however, walking on eggshells, and with good reason. His suburban high school is a festering hotbed of bullying, social-media intimidation and virulent homophobia, and Tim’s sexuality is evolving. Pilon’s subtle performance keeps us precariously on the line between hope and despair. Navigating the nebulous world of teenage sexual identity in the cruel glare of schoolmates hopped up on testosterone has left the young man isolated and afraid. On the upside, he has one friend (Robert Naylor), who collaborates with him on science experiments that often end in violent explosions and gales of laughter. When the unthinkable happens, Tim copes with his grief and anxiety by throwing himself back into competitive running, a sport he’d abandoned. But there will be no Hollywood ending here, nor a West Hollywood one.
In Yann England’s suspenseful dramatic thriller, pissant peer pressure is the catalyst for a dramatic change in attitude and a redefinition of what makes Tim, Tim. Working from his own screenplay, England creates a very resonant and believable adolescent world where hearing the words, “You die at 4!” is a legitimate cause for paralyzing fear. You can almost smell the mystery meat as it’s thrown across the cafeteria…