The 29th edition of the TIFF, like every other festival, has suffered from content bloat over the years, but scanning the schedule carefully is worth the effort. A good place to start is usually the World Focus section; this category doesn’t require that films be exclusive to TIFF, so it can draw from a range films that are currently hot on the festival circuit.

Top of the list is “Nocturama” by French director Bertrand Bonello, who made 2011’s “House of Tolerance,” an alternately brutal and mesmerizing look at a fin de siecle Parisian bordello. “Nocturama,” which just premiered to controversy at the Toronto Film Festival and won an award at San Sebastian, is kind of like “Room,” in that you’re better off not knowing too much about it because it delivers a mean plot-line sucker punch.

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