Of every film festival award, few seem to matter as much as the People's Choice Award (i.e., audience award) at the Toronto International Film Festival. Sure, the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival has an air of prestige that Toronto can never achieve (not quite French enough), but the big winners in Toronto tend to make a big splash when they hit theaters. Or, in the case of 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'The King's Speech,' they take home a Best Picture Oscar. This spells good things for 'Silver Linings Playbook,' which won the the People's Choice today.
The name Cronenberg might be familiar, but the Cronenberg behind 'Antiviral' is not David Cronenberg. Instead it comes from Brandon Cronenberg (David's son), and the apple has not fallen too far from the tree. This body horror film looks like the sort that David would have directed in between 'Scanners' and 'Videodrome.' And that's a compliment.