New Directors Competition | 2017 | 78 minutes
Stranger Says: Here you are, just trying to be a cute singer-songwriter and, you know, work on your music and hang out with your artistic bearded boyfriend, when Hurricane Mom shows up with her drinking problems and gambling troubles and mental-health issues and messes everything up. Your anxiety goes through the roof and triggers all your self-doubt and your body issues and you’re done. This is a story about one of the most important human relationships, that between mother and daughter.
SIFF Says:Sasha (Carla Turcotte) is a 22-year-old Montreal musician one day away from her big break, a nightclub gig in front of some industry professionals. But while having a night in with her friends to calm her pre-performance nerves, said nerves get frayed when Sasha’s estranged mother, Elena (Natalia Dontcheva, “Doc Martin”), appears at her doorstep. Broke, manic, and apparently homeless, Elena had recently hit it big gambling in Atlantic City only to have her young boyfriend run off with the earnings, and she’s come to find emotional support in her own flesh and blood, her little Sashinka. Elena promises to only stay the night but quickly oversteps Sasha’s well-defined boundaries. and when the big day arrives, it becomes clear what tore mother and daughter apart in the first place. Both mother and daughter struggle against their own anxieties of their tenuous existence—Sasha’s self-assigned nickname is “Nobody”; Elena’s greatest fear is being forgotten—but maybe this time, somebody will notice them. Making her feature debut, director/co-writer Kristina Wagenbauer doesn’t shy away from the frustrations of a fractured family, unpeeling each layer with a naturalistic storytelling ability equal parts funny and painful, in a drama about what we choose to leave behind in order to succeed.
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