Screening Dates
Canada's Top Ten 2019

“Heather Young further establishes herself as one of her country's most promising filmmakers … The emergence of a bold new voice.”

Ravi Srinivasan, TIFF

Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at TIFF 2019, the debut feature of Nova Scotian writer-director Heather Young is a sobering, spare account of a woman unable to break her cycle of self-destruction. Donna (Shan MacDonald) is single, in her sixties, and estranged from her adult daughter. On probation for impaired driving, she begins a community service sentence at a local animal shelter and, to ease her loneliness, adopts an elderly dog scheduled to be euthanized. (The canine, like Donna, has a heart murmur.) The newfound companionship fills a chasm in the troubled mother’s life; soon, she’s bringing pets home with disturbing frequency. Young, whose shorts Fish (2016) and Milk (2017) also graced Canada’s Top Ten editions, makes an effortless, assured transition to full-length filmmaking with this quiet portrait of isolation and the insidious nature of addiction.

“The deserving winner of this year’s prestigious FIPRESCI Prize … Young is warm and deeply empathetic, and she is adept at finding wit and humour, at locating the spark of life, in everything she’s so patiently observing.”

Calum Marsh, Maclean’s

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