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Unless (2016)

A writer struggles with her daughter's decision to drop out of college and live on the streets. Based on the novel "Unless" by Carol Shields.

Director:

Alan Gilsenan

Writers:

Alan Gilsenan, Carol Shields (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Keener ... Reta
Matt Craven ... Tom
Hannah Gross ... Norah
Chloe Rose ... Christine
Abigail Winter ... Natalie
Brendan Coyle
Hanna Schygulla ... Danielle
Martha Henry Martha Henry ... Lois
Linda Kash ... Tessa
Yanna McIntosh Yanna McIntosh ... Cery
Dewshane Williams ... Ben
Kathryn Greenwood ... Willow Halliday
Olivia Scriven ... Tracy Halliday
Benjamin Ayres ... Arthur Springer
Nora Sheehan Nora Sheehan ... Traffic Cop
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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 out of college and is found on a Toronto street corner, pan-handling and refusing to speak, with a cardboard sign reading GOODNESS around her neck.

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Country:

Canada | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 2016 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Chyba że See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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€3,973,431 (estimated)
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did not get it
1 March 2017 | by pnck71See all my reviews

Well, I am not sure I understood what it is exactly that the director was trying to say in this film. You can feel there is a message there. After all, that "goodness" sign is right in the middle of the most of it. But I am not quite sure what that message was meant to be. The film does touch on quite a few topics like the homelessness, the fragility of happiness, etc. But all of that did not quite all get together. The family drama part and the acting was great, you can certainly feel the confusion and the despair of them so wanting to help and not understanding how. But then, when the explanation came at the end, I'd say I felt no less confused on what "goodness" has to do with all that and what the girl (and the director) wanted to say. Anyway, it certainly maid me want to read the book to fill in all the gaps.


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