Sweet Strangers

A large young man wakes up to the frantic pushes of a stranger in the middle of, what I guess is nowhere. He looks at the stranger and says, bluntly, “you’re not chocolate man!” Suddenly, a large dark creature with fangs, who is also not chocolate man, appears and up-ends the other stranger, causing a geyser of blood to erupt from his lower half. We wait for the arrival of chocolate man. He eventually comes, and everyone is the better for it. This is roughly the plot of Sweet Strangers. And though I recounted roughly everything that happened to the large boy with the chocolate man, this one simply has to be experienced. Definitely one of the stranger (no pun) Canadian shorts to show at this year’s Toronto After Dark. (James King)

Dir. Peter Ricq

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