Suck It Up
True North | True North
Determining that Ronnie (Grace Glowicki), her hot mess of a besty, is in desperate need of a change of scenery, obsessive-compulsive Faye (Erin Carter) hauls her out of the rut she’s dug for herself in Calgary and whisks her away to placid Invermere. Ever the optimist (or at least always able to force a smile), Faye earnestly believes that some mountain air might prove a salve to their shared heartbreak over the death of Ronnie’s brother, who also happened to be the love of Faye’s life. However, the best laid recovery program derails into debauchery as the two fall prey to ill-advised hookups and bowling under the influence. And that’s before the MDMA kicks in. Jordan Canning’s wickedly funny, BC-set buddy comedy-drama shirks sentimentality in favour of a barbed sincerity that leaves a lasting mark.
"Suck It Up twists the viewer’s emotions into a pretzel, constantly switching from laugh-out-loud moments to sheer sadness and back again… [It] provides a bevy of highly entertaining examples of how not to deal with the death of a loved one, as well as how not to take care of someone else dealing with the death of a loved one. Sure, there are plenty of heartfelt, positive examples as well, but it’s the bad examples that will probably stick with you the longest."—Don Simpson, Hammer to Nail