All My Puny Sorrows
Saturday, May 21
1.30 pm: All My Puny Sorrows (drama) 103 min (live) (stream)
Michael McGowan’s adaptation of Miriam Toews’ beloved novel is propelled by nuanced direction, an affecting script, and a fearless, stellar cast. The story revolves around the women of the Von Riesen clan: writer Yoli who’s tormented by self-doubt; her sister Elf, a concert pianist whose bouts with depression threaten to consume her; their steadfast mother, their no-nonsense aunt and Yoli’s precocious daughter Nora. Oscillating between extremes of joy and sadness, Yoli and Elf connect through their intellectual curiosity and capacity for life — which makes the film all the more heartbreaking, and its ultimate embrace of life so touching. Won 2022 Canadian Screen awards for music and editing. Content advisory: suicide.