93 minutes – Drama Festival Release date: September 11, 2016 (TIFF) Release date: October 14, 2016 Canadian Distributor: Mongrel Media
Reta Winters (Catherine Keener) has many reasons to be happy – her three nearly grown daughters, her twenty-year relationship with her husband (Matt Craven), her work translating the writing of larger-than-life French intellectual and feminist Danielle Westerman, and her modest success with a novel of her own and the demand for a sequel. Then, all the quiet satisfactions of her well-lived life disappear in a moment. Her eldest daughter, Norah (Hannah Gross), suddenly drops out of college, runs from the family and is found on a Toronto street corner, holding a hand-written cardboard sign reading “Goodness.” There she sits daily, pan-handling and refusing to speak, having relinquished her privileged life and her future, seemingly for nothing more than a word.
Unless is an Ireland-Canada co-production based on the novel by Carol Shields. It was selected to have its World Premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
Reta Winters Norah Winters Tom Winters Danielle Westerman Lois Winters Christine Winters Natalie Winters Arthur Springer Tessa Sands Caspar Brown Willow Halliday Ben Abbot Cery Arneaud Jonas Jim Halliday Baby Moon Mcfadden Buddhist Nun Detective Dr. Devita Ring Leader Frat Boy #2 Frat Boy #3 Stranger Nurse Professor Hamilton Tracy Halliday Traffic Cop