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Unless (2016)

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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.

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Alan Gilsenan

Writers:

Carol Shields (novel), Alan Gilsenan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hannah Gross ... Norah Winters
Catherine Keener ... Reta Winters
Matt Craven ... Tom Winters
Abigail Winter ... Natalie Winters
Chloe Rose ... Christine Winters
Nora Sheehan Nora Sheehan ... Traffic Cop
Martha Henry Martha Henry ... Lois Winters
Dewshane Williams ... Ben Abbot
William Webster William Webster ... Professor Hamilton
Linda Kash ... Tessa Karels
Hanna Schygulla ... Danielle Westerman
Yanna McIntosh Yanna McIntosh ... Cery Arnaud
Robert Nasmith Robert Nasmith ... Baby Moon McFadden
Dylan Harman Dylan Harman ... Jim Halliday
Kathryn Greenwood ... Willow Halliday
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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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Budget:

EUR8,800,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,527
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Reta Winters: [voice over] All my life, I've heard of people speak of finding themselves in acute pain, bankrupt in spirit and body, but I've never understood what they meant. To lose. To have lost. I believe these visitations of darkness last only a few minutes or hours, and that these saddened people, in-between bouts, are occupied, because we all are, with the useful monotony of happiness.
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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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