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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.

All My Puny Sorrows
All My Puny Sorrows