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Never Steady, Never Still

Canada 2017. Dir: Kathleen Hepburn. 111 min. DCP

OPENING NIGHT | FRIDAY, JANUARY 12
RECEPTION, REFRESHMENTS & KATHLEEN HEPBURN IN PERSON

6:30pm - Doors
7:30pm - Introduction & Screening of Never Steady, Never Still

The highly anticipated feature debut from Vancouver’s 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 deeply-moving performance as Judy, a woman who has battled Parkinson's disease nearly all her married life. Her husband Eddie (Nicholas Campbell) struggles to care for her — and pushes their son Jamie (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. Hepburn's compassion shines even in the ancillary characters: pregnant teen shop clerk Kaly is the soul of generosity, beautifully played by Coast Salish actress Mary Galloway. Sea to Sky Award, B.C. Emerging Filmmaker Award, and Emerging Canadian Director Award, VIFF. — Steve Gravestock, TIFF


COARSE & SEXUAL LANGUAGE; SEXUALLY SUGGESTIVE SCENES
PERSONS UNDER 14 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT

 

REVIEWS

"The title may imply fevered motion, but it’s the serenity that gets you in Never Steady, Never Still, a stoically broken-hearted debut feature from Canadian writer-director Kathleen Hepburn that settles on viewers as quietly as overnight snow on a wintering field."

Variety | full review

"A poetic study of familial relationships straining and strengthening under the pressure of serious illness ... Keen-eyed, compassionate."

Screen Daily | full review