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7 items from 2016


Catherine Keener, Hannah Gross and Alan Gilsenan talk their family drama Unless

13 October 2016 1:53 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Catherine Keener, Hannah Gross and Alan Gilsenan talk their family drama UnlessCatherine Keener, Hannah Gross and Alan Gilsenan talk their family drama UnlessAdriana Floridia10/13/2016 3:53:00 Pm

Based on the novel by renowned Canadian author Carol Shields, Unless tells the story of a family broken by their daughter's puzzling decision to live on the streets.

Starring Catherine Keener as Reta, a mother of three young, smart girls who works as a writer, Reta narrates the story and so we see these events mostly from her own perspective. Norah (Hannah Gross) is a young twenty-something who lives a privileged life and has a loving family, but chooses to sit at the corner of Bathurst and Bloor, outside Toronto landmark Honest Ed's, in a silent protest against a mysterious cause. We feel for her, but more for her parents who have to straddle the line between not doing enough for their daughter, »

- Adriana Floridia

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Catherine Keener is a grieving mother in Exclusive clip from Unless

6 October 2016 1:58 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Catherine Keener is a grieving mother in Exclusive clip from UnlessCatherine Keener is a grieving mother in Exclusive clip from UnlessAdriana Floridia10/6/2016 3:58:00 Pm

Imagine your child makes the decision to live on the streets, but with no reason or explanation.

This is what happens to the Winters, whose eldest daughter is suddenly homeless and refuses to speak to her family or anyone who approaches her, simply holding a sign that says "Goodness", and abandoning her life. Her mother Reta (Catherine Keener) and her father Tom (Matt Craven) want to help their daughter but also don't want to push her further away, and it creates an intense dilemma and mystery at the center of Unless, which is based on the novel by Carol Shields.

In this Exclusive clip, we see Reta, reflecting on her own identity, and her place within her society, which she grapples with in the face of this bizarre situation. »

- Adriana Floridia

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Unless’

13 September 2016 10:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A comfortable Ontario family is thrown into turmoil when its eldest daughter inexplicably becomes a Toronto street person in “Unless.” Irish director Alan Gilsenan’s Canadian co-production is an admirable if not entirely successful drama that does as well as can be hoped with a difficult adaptation task: Late Pulitzer-winning Carol Shields’ 2002 final novel (she died the year after its publishing) is primarily an internal monologue by the author’s alter ego, a successful scribe played here by Catherine Keener. With the book’s many ruminations about writing and feminist issues gone, what’s left remains an arresting premise not given a great deal of dramatic development. Nonetheless, this gracefully crafted and acted piece proves rewarding in the end.

Reta Winters (Keener) and physician husband Tom (Matt Craven) live at a pleasant remove from city life, with two teenage daughters (Chloe Rose, Abigail Winter) still at home. Their moderately hectic »

- Dennis Harvey

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Ift moves for Catherine Keener-starrer 'Unless'

11 September 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Alan Gilsenan directed the adaptation of Carol Shields’ Pulitzer Prize-wining novel.

La-based International Film Trust (Ift) has picked up international sales rights to Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 8-18) selection Unless as the Special Presentations entry receives its world premiere tonight (Sept 11).

Catherine Keener plays an author and mother of three who finds out her daughter has dropped out of college and is begging on the street.

Newcomer Hannah Gross also stars alongside Brendan Coyle, Matt Craven, Chloe Rose, Abigail Winter, Martha Henry, Brendan Coyle, Linda Kash, Benjamin Ayres and Hanna Schygulla.

Alan Gilsenan directed from his adapted screenplay based on Carol Shields’ semi-autobiographical novel.

Gersh handles Us rights to Unless and Ift’s Todd Olsson has been touting the drama to buyers here.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this important film to the marketplace,” said Olsson. “It couldn’t be more timely as our world continues to suffer injustices that impact »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Ift moves for Catherine Keener-starring 'Unless'

11 September 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Alan Gilsenan directed the adaptation of Carol Shields’ Pulitzer Prize-wining novel.

La-based International Film Trust (Ift) has picked up international sales rights to Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 8-18) selection Unless as the Special Presentations entry receives its world premiere tonight (Sept 11).

Catherine Keener plays an author and mother of three who finds out her daughter has dropped out of college and is begging on the street.

Newcomer Hannah Gross also stars alongside Brendan Coyle, Matt Craven, Chloe Rose, Abigail Winter, Martha Henry, Brendan Coyle, Linda Kash, Benjamin Ayres and Hanna Schygulla.

Alan Gilsenan directed from his adapted screenplay based on Carol Shields’ Pulitzer Prize-wining semi-autobiographical novel.

Gersh handles Us rights to Unless and Ift’s Todd Olsson has been touting the drama to buyers here.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this important film to the marketplace,” said Olsson. “It couldn’t be more timely as our world continues to suffer injustices »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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First Trailer for Adaptation of Story 'Unless' Starring Catherine Keener

12 August 2016 12:01 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"How did this part of the story happen?" The first trailer has debuted for an indie drama called Unless, adapted from Carol Shields' novel of the same name. The story is about a successful, usually happy writer who struggles with her daughter's choice to drop out of college and live on the streets. Catherine Keener stars, along with Hannah Gross as her daughter Norah living on the streets. The full cast includes Matt Craven, Chloe Rose, Abigail Winter, Brendan Coyle and Hanna Schygulla. The film will premiere at Tiff this fall, which is a good sign this might have something to it. It looks quite emotional and heartfelt. Here's the first official trailer for Alan Gilsenan's Unless, direct from YouTube: Reta Winters has many reasons to be happy. Then, suddenly, all the quiet satisfactions of her well-lived life disappear in a moment: her eldest daughter Norah inexplicably drops »

- Alex Billington

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‘Unless’ Exclusive Trailer: Catherine Keener Stars As A Writer Whose Daughter Decides To Live On The Streets

10 August 2016 1:35 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Canadian writer Carol Shields wrote numerous novels, short stories, and plays throughout her lifetime. She won many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for her 1993 novel “The Stone Diaries.” Now, her final novel “Unless” has been adapted into a film starring Catherine Keener. Written and directed by Alan Gilsenan, the film follows Reta (Keener), a successful writer who struggles with her daughter Norah’s (Hannah Gross) decision to drop out of college and live on the streets as a mute in some form of protest. “Unless” also stars Brendan Coyle (“Downton Abbey”), Matt Craven (“X-Men: First Class”), Chloe Rose (“The Lesser Blessed”), Hanna Schygulla (“Berlin Alexanderplatz”), and more. Watch the trailer for the film below.

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Catherine Keener has appeared in a wide variety of films throughout her career that have garnered critical acclaim. She’s been nominated »

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