TIFF 2019: ‘Blow The Man Down’ Puts The Ladies on Equal Ground

Blow The Man Down is an unexpected delight of nefarious life lessons in small town USA.

While grieving for the loss of their mother in small town Easter Cove, Maine, the Connolly sisters (Sophie Lowe & Morgan Saylor) suddenly find they have a crime to cover up, leading them deep into the underbelly of their salty Maine fishing village that has a few more barnacles on it then they initially expected.

This debut feature from Danielle Krudy & Bridget Savage Cole is an incredibly strong introduction into the world of storytelling that will make the world stand up and take notice as it combines some genuine drama, legitimate hilarity and healthy dose of gritty crime filled action rolled up into a tidy little package.

The team of Krudy and Cole put together a strong narrative package that while reminiscent of early Coen Brothers expands on those themes by giving a strong yet not clunky or overt feminist bent.  They clearly know how to work within a small budget and make the absolute most out of what they have.

It’s a stellar ensemble cast with Sophie Lowe leading the way as a young woman forced to make hard decisions in the wake of the death of her mother and the iconic Margo Martindale as the vicious small town madam anchor this strong piece of storytelling from beginning to end.

Blow The Man Down proves that the ladies can do small town mayhem, just as well as (if not better then) the fellas.

Dave Voigt

David Voigt is a Toronto based writer with a problem and a passion for the moving image and all things cinema. Having moved from production to the critical side of the aisle for well over 10 years now at outlets like Examiner.com, Criticize This, Dork Shelf, to.Night Newspaper he’s been all across his city, the country and the continent in search of all the news and reviews that are fit to print from the world of cinema. Having launched his own home; In The Seats (intheseats.ca) back in 2015 for all the latest and greatest movie reviews and interviews he’s one of the leading voices in the film criticism scene in Toronto, and eventually the world. David is the Entertainment Editor for Addicted Magazine.