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Joseane Brunelle (translation)
Tristan Tondino (translation)
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Release Date:
22 April 2011 (Canada) See more »
The story of a young, pregnant woman whose world falls apart when she loses her child in a hit and run accident... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Isabelle Blais ... Nathalie

Zach Braff ... Henry Welles
Patrick Labbé ... Michel
Julian Lo ... Johnny
Aimee Lee ... Wai Lin (as Aimée Lee)
Pierre Gendron ... Detective Lambert
Sean Lu ... Kenny
Anick Lemay ... Julie
Nicole Braber ... Lille
Graham Cuthbertson ... Ian

Mylene Savoie ... Anna
Tony Robinow ... Dr. Rosen
Joujou Turenne ... Nurse 1

Kyle Switzer ... Eli
Ian Finlay ... Paul
Shan Chetty ... Martin
Anik Matern ... Urban Wife

Victor Andres Turgeon-Trelles ... Student (as Victor Andres Trelles Turgeon)
Paul-Antoine Taillefer ... Medical Resident
Karine Lavergne ... Pascale
Matthew McKay ... Gavin

Patrick John Costello ... Hipster (as Patrick Costello)
Nicole Jones ... Isabelle
Qamar Abbas ... New Father
Susan Bain ... Nurse 2

Paula Jean Hixson ... Olivia
Valérie Ouimet-Chiriaeff ... Sarah
William Phan ... Teenage Boy
Richard Robitaille ... Urban Bartender
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maximilien Garneau-Pillet ... Johnny's Friend

Robert Higden ... Urban Husband

Directed by
Deborah Chow 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joseane Brunelle  translation
Deborah Chow  written by
Tristan Tondino  translation

Produced by
Kim Berlin .... producer
Heidi Levitt .... executive producer
Susan Schneir .... producer
Original Music by
Normand Corbeil 
Cinematography by
Claudine Sauvé 
Film Editing by
Jonathan Alberts 
Benjamin Duffield 
Casting by
Heidi Levitt 
Production Design by
Susan C. MacQuarrie 
Makeup Department
Jessica Heeren .... makeup artist
Melissa Purino .... key makeup artist
Rocco Stallone .... hair stylist
Hanna Yee .... head of hair department
Production Management
Karl Archambault .... unit manager
Diandra Yoselevitz .... production manager
Sound Department
Sophie Cloutier .... sound trainee
Philippe Mercier .... sound mixer
Bruno Pucella .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Dean Lewis .... visual effects artist
Stéphane Lefebvre .... stunt coordinator (stunt double)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Auclair .... best boy grip
Philippe Bossé .... additional still photographer
Michel R. Carron .... gaffer
Alexandre Gazé .... electrician
Simon Hébert .... key grip
Serge Larouche .... best boy electric
D.J. Matrundola .... electrician
Raphaël Simard .... electrician
Jan Thijs .... still photographer
Casting Department
Johanne Titley .... extras casting
Editorial Department
Claude-Sophie Barsalo-lacoursière .... assistant editor
Dean Lewis .... colorist
Music Department
John Barrett .... assistant score mixing engineer
John Barrett .... assistant scoring engineer
Andy Brown .... conductor
Andy Brown .... contractor
Diandra Yoselevitz .... music supervisor

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92 min
Canada:14A (Alberta/Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec)
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Nathalie:[about playing hopscotch] This is ridiculous.
Henry Welles:So is life.
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
"Heartfelt and authentic character piece...", 28 November 2012
Author: Sindre Kaspersen from Norway

Canadian screenwriter and director Deborah Chow's feature film debut which she wrote, premiered in the Canada First section at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival in 2010, was shot on location in Quebec, Montreal in Canada and is a Canadian production which was produced by producers Kimberly Berlin and Susan Schneir. It tells the story about Nathalie, who whilst going through her first pregnancy becomes involved in a hit-and-run accident that alters her life. In the days following the incident she is introduced to a man named Henry who she has never met before.

Finely and intimately directed by Canadian filmmaker Deborah Chow, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints, draws a humane and mindful portrayal of an American man and a French woman. While notable for it's naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, fine cinematography by cinematographer Claudine Cauvé and production design by production designer Susan MacQuarrie, this dialog-driven and narrative-driven drama depicts an in-depth study of character and contains a timely score by composer Normand Corbeil.

This irresistibly moving, modestly romantic and humorous independent film which is set during an autumn in Montreal and which examines essential themes, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, subtle character development and continuity, endearing characters and the understated and empathic acting performances by Canadian actress Isabelle Blais, American actor, screenwriter and director Zach Braff and actor Julian Lo. A sincerely good, heartfelt and authentic character piece which is as naturally beautiful as it is heartrendingly afflicting.

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