NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL- April 26th, 7pm
Directed by Kathleen Hepburn 111 min. 14A. Canada.
The highly anticipated feature debut from Kathleen Hepburn, one of Canada’s most promising young filmmakers, is a devastating examination of the costs of long-term illness. Shirley Henderson delivers a fearless, deeply moving performance as Judy, a woman who has battled Parkinson’s disease nearly all her married life. As the illness exacts its toll, her husband, Eddie (Nicholas Campbell), struggles to care for her — and pushes their son Jamie (2017 TIFF Rising Star Théodore Pellerin) into adulthood, demanding he take a job far from home. Propelled by an acute empathy, Never Steady, Never Still boasts some of the most touching scenes you will see all year (Judy’s recollection of Eddie’s marriage proposal is a particular standout). Hepburn’s compassion shines even in the ancillary characters: pregnant teenage shop clerk Kaly is the soul of generosity, beautifully played by Pellerin’s fellow TIFF Rising Star Mary Galloway.