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Never Steady, Never Still

NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL, the feature film debut of Kathleen Hepburn, is a tender and heartbreaking story of a physically disabled mother and discontent son -- each alienated from their world and struggling to manage in the face of grief, guilt and chronic disease. Having lived with Parkinson's Disease for almost two decades, Judy is faced with the heightened challenges of daily life when tragedy strikes on their isolated property on the shores of Stuart Lake. Meanwhile, her teenage son, pushed by his father to get a job on the oil fields, is grappling with the daunting task of becoming a man in world that has no apparent room for weakness. At its core, this is story of a mother's guilt at not being able to be the protector she feels she should be, and a son's overwhelming fear of never being enough -- both longing for the forgiveness of the other and debilitated by self-imposed emotional isolation.
Duration: 112 min
Quality: HD
Release: 2017
IMDb: 6.0
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
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Critics Of "Never Steady, Never Still"
Sunday Independent (Ireland)
April 23, 2018 It's subtle and effective and the performances are understated but excellent.
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The Film Stage
June 20, 2018 The film becomes a journey of trials and tribulations with as much inspirational grace as crippling resentment. For every kindness comes an explosion of rage or embarrassment.
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Sunday Times (UK)
April 23, 2018 There's not enough artistic merit in Kathleen Hepburn's film to make all its dourness worthwhile, but Henderson is excellent, and the scenes describing simple moments of compassion are poignant.
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Village Voice
June 22, 2018 Hepburn doesn't demand that her characters conform to norms of sacrifice and redemption, preferring to follow Jamie and Judy's meandering, unhurried journey to cognizance and mutual appreciation.
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Chicago Reader
October 19, 2017 British actress Shirley Henderson uses her soft voice and tiny frame to great effect.
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October 31, 2017 Settles on viewers as quietly as overnight snow on a wintering field.
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June 20, 2018 Henderson completely immerses herself in the character, emerging with a striking performance that gives Hepburn support to create an unusual examination of frustration in the wilds of Canada.
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Hollywood Reporter
June 22, 2018 Bleak but sometimes beautiful, the performance-driven feature debut is meatier than its slender plot might suggest, with a strong sense of place and an unsentimental frankness about conditions many filmmakers would milk for sympathy.
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June 24, 2018 If you don't treat yourself to this movie, you will indeed be missing out on one of the best pieces of acting 2018 cinema has to offer.
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Toronto Star
March 01, 2018 It's rather bleak but the camera work is exceptional, the pace languorous and Hepburn's screenplay deliberately ambiguous.
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Irish Times
May 02, 2018 Like the remote and frequently challenging terrain, Never Steady, Never Still has a sublime, hypnotic gravitas.
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Film Journal International
June 22, 2018 Self-consciously sad to an almost obnoxious degree, despite the dedicated work of a wonderful cast.
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