A mother struggles to take control of her life in the face of advanced Parkinson’s disease, while her son battles his sexual and emotional identity amongst the violence of Alberta’s oil field work camps.
An impressive debut set on the snowy plains of British Columbia, this stoic family drama swerves cliché at every turn. It’s all thanks to a mighty central performance from Shirley Henderson as a mother struggling with Parkinson’s, and the profound empathy of Kathleen Hepburn’s nuanced direction.
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Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Mike Leigh, 2008, United Kingdom
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria
Gus Van Sant, 2007, United States