Medicine for Melancholy

This week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie is a little more current than most, tackling a movie that’s in theaters right now with a guest who also has a brand-new theatrical release.

The guest would be filmmaker Carly Stone, whose second feature North of Normal is back at the Lightbox this week after premiering at TIFF last fall; based on the memoir by Cea Sunrise Person, it’s a thoughtful coming-of-age story focused on an isolated child slowly realizing her eccentric family might not have her best interests in mind.

And Carly wanted to talk about Celine Song’s Past Lives, the quietly devastating Sundance hit starring Greta Lee as a Korean-born woman who finds herself torn between her American husband (John Magaro) and the boy (Teo Yoo) she left behind, with whom she’s unexpectedly reunited almost a quarter-century after she left home. It’s a movie about regret and hope, and the way every single one of us will inevitably wonder who we might have become had our circumstances be slightly different. It’s short but very sweet, and we’re careful not to spoil the film. Not that we could, really.

You can find the show on  Apple PodcastsGoogle PlayStitcher and/or Spotify,  or download the episode directly from the web like it’s 1999. And if you’re in Toronto, you should grab a ticket to Friday night’s 6:30pm screening of North of Normal at the Lightbox, where I’ll be moderating a Q&A with Carly and friend of the show Sarah Gadon. It’ll be a good evening.

And once you’ve booked that, get yourself caught up on the latest Shiny Things newsletter, where I use the excellent new Imprint boxed set of Roger Donaldson’s The Bounty as an excuse to catch up on the other titles Via Vision has rescued from catalogue limbo and rolled out onto Blu-ray. This one’s for the paid tier, so upgrade your subscription if you haven’t already. It’s five bucks a month! That’s like half a banana!

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