Film review: No Men Beyond This Point

Part of a series of reviews for films from the 2016 Kamloops Film Festival

kff-article-logo193785Set in a time where men are no longer needed, women take over as the leaders of society. No Men Beyond This Point forces the audience to confront their own opinions of women’s rights issues. Through this reversal of human rights the audience is taken on a whirlwind tour of emotions surrounding the struggle for equality in our society.

Director Mark Sawers takes us through his mockumentary of a world where men are at no use to society. In this film, virgin births are on the rise, and only female babies are being born.

The film follows the life of Andrew Myers (Patrick Gilmore), the youngest man on earth. At age 37, Myers was the last man to be born in this society.

Working as a nanny for Terra (Tara Pratt) and Iris (Kristine Cofsky), Myers enjoys life as a working man. The film takes a turn when he is discovered having an affair with Iris, a banned union in the extreme anti-sex society. After having their love discovered, Myers is sent to a male sanctuary to live out the rest of his life, with the rest of society’s men.

The film highlights the struggles of gender issues and political power struggles we face every day. However, the film just reverses all these issues so instead of being a woman’s issue it is now a man’s issue.

The mockumentary has a comedic base but with serious delivery from the actors.

I honestly don’t know what to think of this film. It confused me on the basis that these are serious issues that are addressed in a comedic way.

I thought Sawers’ use of historical events to build the documentary aspect into the film was genius, creating footage of real events that could have happened if we lived in a gender-equal society.

The way this film reverses the political and gender issues in our society builds the interest and understanding of women’s issues for the audience. The struggle that develops between Iris, Myers and society in their fight to be together draws parallels to human rights battles in our society.

I believe this film is one to watch more than once to really understand all the concepts covered. The seriousness of issues covered in the film are watered down by its comedic nature.

I recommend this film for all viewers as the nature of the film fosters different interpretations from all audiences. If you’re looking for a film with a twisted view on societal issues than this is a great one to watch.