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Directed by Ana Valine

Canada 2014 90 mins.

Vancouver director Ana Valine’s first feature follows clean living, but experienced, 16 year-old Sammie, who, waiting for her father to get out of prison, is drawn into the family con business by her pill-popping friend Marlene. Adapting Billie Livingston’s novella “The Trouble with Marlene,” the film takes us on a bittersweet, emotional journey, skating on either side of the law and Christian morals, through dysfunction, love, and addiction toward a kind of deliverance for this compelling mother and daughter duo. “The depth of characters explored are matched only by the incredible performances from the actors…demands an audience to question their own definitions of tragedy and survival, hope and despair…”—Women in Film + Television.

Genres: Drama

Appears in: Northwest Tracking



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