It won’t be easy to watch the late Cory Monteith in his last screen role in the Canadian feature ALL THE WRONG REASONS, but a Vancouver International Film Festival gala event is a fitting tribute to the Glee star and hometown hero who gave so much to the Project Limelight Society, a free performing arts program for kids in the Downtown Eastside. Project Limelight is one of the three charities to receive donations in his memory.
The Canadian Images opening film screens tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the International Village. ALL THE WRONG REASONS is a shot-in-Halifax East Coast film about a department store manager James (Cory Monteith), whose marriage to store security staffer Kate (Karine Vanasse) is falling apart. Unable to touch anyone after a recent trauma, Kate starts to bond with the new security hire and amputee Simon (Kevin Zegers), a firefighter who lost his job. Meanwhile, James (Monteith) is attracted to a new store cashier, single mother Nichole (Emily Hampshire). Writer/director Gia Milani understands the needs of her four characters but her empathy doesn’t preclude judgement. She believes there are right ways and wrong ways to love and shows that learning the difference is worth it.
If you don’t have tickets for the gala, there are two other screenings — tomorrow at 1:10 p.m. at the International Village and Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at the Centre for the Performing Arts.