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  • Alex Hughes, an ex-convict, is on a road trip to Winnipeg to see an old friend. Along the way, he meets the annoying, but vivacious, Vivienne Freeman who manages to bum a ride with him. Just as he begins to warm to this eccentric girl, Alex's vehicle is in a serious automobile accident that kills Vivienne. After his meeting with the police, Alex decides to speak with Vivienne's mother. Upon arrival at her home, Alex discovers that the mother, Linda, is a highly functional autistic woman who convinces him to stay long to take out the garbage the day after the funeral he agrees to arrange. In those few days, Alex discovers new friends and learns more about the uniqueness of Linda even as he struggles to come to terms with his own grief.

    - Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)
  • It's early spring. Native Brit Alex Hughes, a general loner, is an ex-con. He has just landed at Timmins Airport in Northern Ontario - where there is still snow on the ground - from where he will drive to Winnipeg to meet with a friend. Along the way, he makes an unexpected several day stop in Wawa on the northern shore of Lake Superior out of necessity. Part of his stay in Wawa is to meet with Linda Freeman, the mother of Vivienne Freeman, an extroverted young woman he met on the road. Alex is unaware before he meets Linda that she is a functioning autistic, who has a predilection for cleanliness - most specifically in her kitchen where she allows no one and which requires someone to take out her garbage which she doesn't like to touch - and eating snow, the way it melts in her mouth what she enjoys about it. During his necessary stay in Wawa, Alex assumes some of Vivienne's responsibilities in Linda's life. He also begins a "friendship" with Linda's attractive next door neighbor, Maggie, a non-native Wawaian who Linda does not much like. Alex and Maggie's friendship doesn't sit well with Clyde, the local police officer who knows of Alex's criminal past and who has his own eye on Maggie. Alex, Linda and Maggie's encounters with each other and the primary reason for Alex's stay in the town will all have a profound effect on their lives by the time Alex takes his leave.

    - Written by Huggo
  • A drama focused on the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman and a man who is traumatized after a fatal car accident.

    - Written by IMDb Editors


Tight-lipped Englishman Alex Hughes ( ) arrives in Northern Ontario on his way to meet the woman with whom he had a son...

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