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461 Ratings

How Heavy This Hammer

Directed by Kazik Radwanski
Canada, 2015


A married father of two nearing middle age, Erwin is not quite an outcast, but as his life slowly begins to unravel we begin to understand just how far outside the social order he truly is.

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How Heavy This Hammer Directed by Kazik Radwanski
Whatever investigation it’s attempting, the movie is leaden in its pacing — the first 15 minutes feel like an hour — and its constricted shooting style, practically all hand-held almost close-ups, is transparent in its contrivance of realism. “How Heavy” comes off like a loose remake of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “Why Does Herr R. Run Amok,” with the running amok and the why removed. For that, it deserves points for novelty, I suppose.
February 16, 2017
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With an uncommon sensitivity to the plight of his characters and a feel for unspoken heartache that brings the viewer into direct communion, both visually and thematically, with the nuances of unmoored psychology, Radwanski has crafted a humorous and moving portrait of a good-natured man whose wayward path prompts an unintended reckoning.
January 13, 2017
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Striking, clear-eyed, and very, very funny, it’s been justly celebrated as one of the best Canadian films in years.
January 04, 2017
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