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Adapted from a novel by Barbara Gowdy, this 2003 Canadian feature centers on three adolescent sisters growing up with alcoholic, hyperbolically dysfunctional parents in the shadow of a secret family tragedy. This is set in a small town during the 60s, and initially I was bugged by the implicit assumption that the times were every bit as crazy as the depressive mother (Miranda Richardson) and tyrannical soldier father (Callum Keith Rennie). But after a while the sisters' stories become more substantial; I was especially touched by the everyday reality of Monté Gagné as the oldest. Scott Smith directed a script by Esta Spalding. 109 min.

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