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Never Steady, Never Still

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Canada · 2017
1h 50m
Director Kathleen Hepburn
Starring Shirley Henderson, Théodore Pellerin, Mary Galloway, Nicholas Campbell
Genre Drama

Judy is struggling to take control of her life while facing advanced Parkinson's disease. Her son, Jamie, is battling his sexual and emotional identity amongst the violence of Alberta's oil field work camps. Together, they hope to understand each other and themselves.

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Every scene in Never Steady, Never Still feels focused and intentional, like someone has agonized over how to most directly and honestly express the characters’ inner states.


Los Angeles Times by Gary Goldstein

Hepburn’s eye for detail and nuance is exceptional, especially as she evocatively captures the extremes of the film’s imposing landscapes. This is an austere, demanding, deliberately paced picture that will reward the patient.

75 by Glenn Kenny

There are traces of early Ken Loach in Hepburn’s approach, but ultimately the filmmaker’s voice, with all its frankness and plain-spokenness, is her own.


Variety by Guy Lodge

Hepburn’s film eschews the expected emotional progression of a grief drama by focusing as much on continuing pain as sudden mourning.


Screen International by Nikki Baughan

It’s to Hepburn’s credit that Never Steady, Never Still avoids any of the histrionics or melodrama often associated with such stories. Instead, she offers keen-eyed, compassionate observation of the impact of illness that, while not shying away from its emotional toll, celebrates the strength and sanctuary a family can provide.

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