Toronto Film Review: ‘The Sky is Pink’

Toronto Film Review: ‘The Sky is Pink’
Shonali Bose’s much-laureled 2014 “Margarita with a Straw” was a film whose presentation of a cerebral palsy-afflicted heroine sidestepped all the usual hand-wringing inspirational clichés of disability portrayal, making her story all the more enlightening and affecting. It is particularly disappointing, then, that the director’s followup should approach another tale of genetic infirmity with all the sentimentality and cuteness that last project avoided.

The Sky Is Pink” starts with a long disclaimer (rushing by almost too fast to read) basically asserting that the film can be held accountable for representing no one’s view save that of the real-life family depicted, in particular the mother upon whose “detailed narrations“ it is based. Perhaps that’s the root of the problem here: In bending to the wishes of the surviving subjects, Bose has created an idealizing, conventional tearjerker that feels more fictive than fictional “Margarita” did. For that reason, “Pink” (which opens in the U.
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