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The River You Step In (2019)

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Set in an East Toronto neighborhood, THE RIVER YOU STEP IN is about a maverick social worker and the troubled people she tries to help, and engages with issues of domestic abuse, addiction, and racial prejudice.


Jon Michaelson





Cast overview, first billed only:
Astrid Van Wieren Astrid Van Wieren ... Stevie
Sharmila Dey Sharmila Dey ... Mina
Daniel Briere Daniel Briere ... Karl
Claire Burns Claire Burns ... Tracy
Marcel Stewart Marcel Stewart ... George
Wes Berger Wes Berger ... Ben
Andrew Jackson ... Gabe
Michaela Washburn Michaela Washburn ... Aiyana
Anita La Selva ... Inez
Renée Hackett Renée Hackett ... Donna
Sera-Lys McArthur ... Ailene
Zarrin Darnell-Martin ... Sylvie
Jessica Hinkson ... 1st Cafe Patron
Deborah Sherman Deborah Sherman ... 2nd Cafe Patron
Tennille Read ... Bar Waitress


When a young First Nations client dies after being committed to police custody, social worker Stevie struggles to keep the troubled people she encounters away from the system she no longer trusts. Opening her East End Toronto home as a safe haven for people 'at risk' - George, an ex-con and chronic gambler, Tracy, a down and out musician, and Mina, a battered wife - Stevie tries to mend some broken lives, but she masks her own issues by burying herself in theirs. "I'd say get a life," says her paramedic boyfriend Ben, "but you already have more than one!" Stevie struggles as her personal issues intersect with the messy lives of her clients, while Ben, her former police detective colleague Gabe, and her co-worker, family lawyer Inez, all do their best to cope with Stevie's loving but conflicted interactions with the needy strangers in her midst. Only when she defends Mina against her abusive husband Karl is Stevie confronted with the real dangers of crossing professional boundaries.

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Gritty and compelling
3 December 2019 | by nankevansSee all my reviews

Great performance by Astrid Van Wieran. A gripping snapshot of every day people struggling to have a better life.

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14 October 2019 (USA) See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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