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The gentrification of Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood is the backdrop for writer-director Ross Weber’s thoughtful tale of three dysfunctional couples whose destinies intertwine after a six-year-old girl injures herself with an addict’s discarded needle she finds in her yard. Doug (Ben Ratner) and Sarah (Camille Sullivan), who have just moved into the ’hood, are the girl’s distraught parents; the experience sends Doug on an angry mission against the druggies, prostitutes, and johns frequenting the area. Nadia (Katie Boland) and boyfriend Nick (Tygh Runyan) are teenaged addicts; Nadia supports their habits by hooking. Stephen (Shawn Doyle), married to Anne (Kelly Rowan), is a well-off west side businessman who cruises Mount Pleasant to buy sex. Weber won the Leo for Best Director. “Beautifully crafted ... A strong cast offer powerful and confident performances in this engaging drama” (Vancouver I.F.F.).
COARSE & SEXUAL LANGUAGE; SEXUALLY SUGGESTIVE SCENE; VIOLENCE
PERSONS UNDER 14 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT
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Canada 2015. Dir: Jessica Johnson. 8 min.
In Vancouver filmmaker Jessica Johnson’s short, made at SFU, a young woman tries to avoid an awkward confrontation.
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Introduced by Tom Scholte, award-winning Vancouver stage and screen actor and Professor, Acting and Directing, Department of Theatre and Film, UBC.