Movie Diary 6/12/2017

Wallflower (Jagger Gravning, 2017). A confident narrative-directing debut on the subject of the 2016 shooting massacre on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Many things get done right here, including the casting (Atsuko Okatsuka and Conner Marx are both heartbreaking) and the decision to dispense with the shooting at the beginning of the movie, thus avoiding the lurid “countdown” aspect that can happen in this kind of film. Without trying to solve the puzzle of a murderer or getting heavy-handed about it, the movie does offer a quiet drumbeat of how warped masculinity takes its toll, especially on an unformed personality. (screened at SIFF)