The imposing looking fences strongly reminded me of zombie movies 28 Weeks Later (where they'd divided London into safe and unsafe zones during their reclaiming process) and Land of The Dead (where Toronto stands in for the walled city, which the last remaining humans inhabit in relative safety). Because of this I kept having visions of zombies breaking through barriers and barrelling up Bay Street (this is what happens when you've watched too many zombie movies over the years!).
Seeing all of this on a perfectly calm and pleasant summer's day gives the city a very surreal feeling. Toronto is in waiting mode, the calm before a storm which I hope never actually happens just like the forecast weekend thunder that never arrived.
Ree's dogged inquiries about her father take her into the homes of people you wouldn't feel comfortable looking in the eye (lest they decide they don't like it). Even these people's brand of kindness has a harsh edge to it but Ree is unrelenting in her quest and Jennifer Lawrence, who plays her with quiet tenacity, is destined to have a brilliant career.