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True North | True North

Patricia Rozema (I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing; Into the Forest) brings her singular sensibility to this tale of Cassandra, a troubled Toronto writer divided against herself and, thus, played simultaneously by Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava (who also wrote the script, adapted from their award-winning two-woman stage play). The interplay between the physically mismatched, misanthropically aligned leads is a sardonic wonder to behold as Rozema and her collaborators set Cassandra on a spiraling seriocomic odyssey that takes her back home to deliver the eulogy at her mom’s funeral and seek redemption for past implosions. En route, she revisits the life of compromises her mother (Maev Beaty, wonderful) accepted in order to raise two children on her own and evaluates what, if anything, has changed for women in the ensuing years.

"Elevator pitch: Rozema suggested ’Lena Dunham’s Girls meets Charlie Kaufman [Being John Malkovich],’ and we can’t do better than that… In revealing Cassandra’s interior life, Rozema lays bare the modern female condition in an epic battle that is by turns lacerating, soothing and heartbreaking."—Simon Houpt, Globe & Mail

Director Patricia Rozema
Country of Origin: Canada
Year: 2018
Running Time: 91 mins
Format: DCP
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Cast: Amy Nostbakken, Norah Sadava, Maev Beaty, Taylor Belle Puterman
Executive Producer: Alex Brisbourne, Angela Brisbourne, Martha McCain, Kathleen Ramsay, Martha Ramsay, Maria Martin Stanley
Producer: Christina Piovesan, Patricia Rozema, Jennifer Shin
Screenwriter: Patricia Rozema, Amy Nostbakken, Norah Sadava
Cinematographer: Catherine Lutes
Editor: Lara Johnston
Production Design: Zazu Myers
Music: Amy Nostbakken
Print Source: First Generation Films


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