MARY GOES ROUND
Thoughtful and self-assured, Mary (Aya Cash) is an intelligent and compassionate substance abuse counselor. The trouble is, she has a serious drinking problem that she struggles mightily to conceal. She's also got a tangled family history and her romantic life is, well, not very romantic at all these days. After getting charged for drunk driving and subsequently leaving her job, Mary finds herself alone and adrift. Returning to her hometown of Niagara Falls in order to attempt to rebuild her shattered life, she instead discovers that her estranged father is dying of cancer and that she has a teenage half-sister she's never met. Needless to say, these are not the best of times for Mary. Or are they? With its finely calibrated blend of humor and pathos, Molly McGlynn's semi-autobiographical first feature is a surprising, insightful exploration of addiction, sisterhood and the possibilities of redemption. (Note courtesy of Tom McSorley, Executive Director, Canadian Film Institute.) DIR/SCR Molly McGlynn; PROD Matt Code. Canada, 2017, color, 86 min. NOT RATED
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Molly McGlynn is a Montreal-born filmmaker who was raised in New Jersey. A graduate of the Writer's Lab at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto, her short films include I AM NOT A WEIRD PERSON (2012), SHOES (2013) and 3-WAY (NOT CALLING) (2016). MARY GOES ROUND is her debut feature.
"MARY GOES ROUND handles its story beats with a canny mixture of rueful humor, warmth and realism." – Variety