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The Score

Patty Osborne

On the same bill with The Harp was The Score, a full-length Canadian movie (directed by Kim Collier and produced by Trish Dolman and Leah Mallen) that was adapted from a play by the Electric Company Theatre. The film considers the ramifications of research on the human genome through the life of a woman, Dr. Magnusson, who runs a struggling genetics lab that is about to publish ground-breaking research. Her lab has run out of money, she’s just lost her mother to Huntington’s disease and her biological clock is ticking. Sounds like serious stuff, and the science behind it is serious (the project was initiated by Dr. Michael Hayden of the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics), but the tension is relieved when the characters break into song and dance. Add a joke about the CBC and another about Surrey, a radio interviewer who plays a great Rex Murphy, and a love affair and you end up with the human side of genome science. The Score is filmed in Vancouver and doesn’t pretend otherwise, although the SkyTrain does look oddly cosmopolitan. Watch for it on CBC television.

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