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Blue Jasmine

Louis CK premieres his secret, very Woody Allen-esque film

Louis C.K. on Saturday debuted potentially the most audacious film of the Toronto International Film Festival: a very Woody Allen-esque comedy that simultaneously comments on Allen — and C.K.'s — controversies.

C.K. shot the film, "I Love You, Daddy," earlier this year in secret. He financed its production himself and shot it in black-and-white and on 35mm. Little was known about it before it premiered Saturday, so audiences were at turns delighted, surprised and uncertain about the brazen — but definitely quite funny — result.

The New York-set, lushly scored movie often takes after Allen's 1979 film "Manhattan," yet it also includes a character that...