#TIFF22: “NORTH OF NORMAL”
By Mr. Will Wong
Carly Stone (The New Romantic) directs this adaptation of Cea Sunrise Person’s Memoir of the same name and at the center of the story is Cea (played as a child by River Price-Maenpaa and as a teen by Amanda Fix) and her young mother Michelle (Sarah Gadon). Together, they embark on a nomadic life through Western Canada, breaking apart from Cea‘s grandparents.
Cea is beautiful, young and aspires to be a model, but time and again is caught-up in her mother’s revolving door of romances. Michelle insists that she needs the security of a man and this causes strain not only on their mother-daughter relationship, but spills over to many other aspects of Cea‘s life.
NORTH OF NORMAL explores how the cycle of multi-generational toxicity can feed itself over and again. Grandpa Dick (Robert Carlyle) makes many irresponsible choices, as does Michelle and we wonder if Cea will break the cycle. But at the same time, the Fillm explores the bonds that tie this dysfunctional family together.
The Film possesses a maturity, though some of its central characters are on the contrary and unaware. Gadon transforms completely going against-type as Michelle and does so well, but the breakout performance here is from Fix, who currently is in-town filming Orphan Black: Echoes next – a name to look-out for.
NORTH OF NORMAL screens at TIFF ’22 as follows:
Sun, Sep 11 IN-PERSON TIFF Bell Lightbox 6:45pm
Tue, Sep 13 IN-PERSON Scotiabank Theatre Toronto 11:30am