FILM: THE REST OF US

Le Reste de Nous (alternate title) / 2019 / drama / 1hr 30min / directed by Aisling Chin-Yee / country: Canada/ language: English

A poised, divorced woman, Cami (Heather Graham), threatens her already tenuous relationship with her headstrong teenage daughter, Aster, when she invites her ex-husband’s second wife, Rachel (Jodi Balfour), and young daughter, Talulah, to move in with them following his unexpected death. With an unusually full home, perched on a hill overlooking their town, these four women must contend with their own grief, truths, flaws and secrets while ultimately deciding if the past will dictate their future. This dramatic comedy is the story of authentic, complex women and the messy conflicts between them. (Voltage Pictures)

“Director Aisling Chin-Yee and screenwriter Alanna Francis make their mutual feature debut with this generous, slyly funny, and at times heartbreaking paean to a most unlikely female friendship… As unpredictable and recognizable as real life, The Rest of Us is propelled by a compassion for all of its characters (even when they behave badly), following them as they learn how to embrace life, how to be loyal, and how to forgive one another and themselves.” -Steve Gravestock, Discovery TIFF ’19

“it’s not a bad thing when a film leaves you wishing it were longer, and Chin-Yee gets excellent, heartfelt work from all four of her leads.” -Norman Wilner, Now Toronto

“…People behaving well can be every bit as dramatic as people behaving badly. Here’s a movie that proves me right, softly.” -Johanna Schneller, The Globe And Mail

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