VOD REVIEW: Sugar Daddy an evocative cinematic force

When we first get a look at Darren, it’s hard to see her musical talent past her tired eyes and forlorn spirit. She’s exhausted and running out of options.

I don’t think it’ll come as a surprise to anyone based on the title that it’s the relationship she starts with an older man – her sugar daddy who pays her to go to functions and have dinners with him – that starts to put her life back on track.

Her music begins to flourish and the money is coming in, but yet while Darren says she doesn’t struggle with what she does, she’s less than enthusiastic about having others know about it.

She hides it from friends and relatives, with only her roommate – a man who clearly has feelings for her – in the know about what’s going on.

But as she develops more intense feelings for her SD, things get complicated, and she’s left to wonder if he continues the relationship out of pity, or if he really is beginning to have the same feelings.

Director Wendy Morgan isn’t afraid to let the audience sit in the uncomfortable silences and in the wake of awkward questions with Darren, and that’s the biggest strength. We are forced to answer these complicated matters for ourselves.

Kelly McCormack, writer and star here, is incredible as Darren. She gives the film an absolute lift. After a huge showing at this year’s Whistler Film Festival, I hope it finds an audience.

Canadian favourite Colm Feore is great as sugar daddy Gordon, but it’s always going to be McCormack who owns this film with her layered portrayal.

It’s a brilliant indie hit, and one I won’t soon forget.

4/5 Stars

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