84 minutes – Drama
Festival release date: September 6, 2019 (TIFF, World Premiere)
Release date: TBA
Production company: Houseplant Films
Murmur is a sparse tale that focuses on one 60-something woman named Donna played by Shan MacDonald. Estranged from her daughter, Donna has been convicted on an impaired-driving charge and is sentenced to community service at a local animal shelter. She rescues an elderly dog scheduled to be euthanized and enjoys this new companionship. Less lonely Donna figures if one old dog can change her life would would happen if… Donna keeps adopting pets and quickly learns she has taken on more than she can handle.
This is director Heather Young’s first feature. It had its World Premiere at TIFF 2019. The cast is made up of non-professional Nova Scotian actors, of which many play themselves in the film.