Roads in February
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True North | True North
In the wake of her dad’s passing, Sarah (Arlen Aguayo Stewart) abandons wintery Montreal and decamps to her native Uruguay. In attempting to reconnect with her estranged grandmother (Gloria Demassi), she uncovers long-standing resentments and takes refuge in her childhood memories. Slowly coming to terms with the fact that her grandmother’s village isn’t the place she remembers, Sarah comes to understand that "home" can somehow remain perfectly preserved and yet irrevocably changed. Her path to this understanding is beset by beautifully rendered, incredibly bittersweet moments of humour and tenderness.
In the small village, the simple beauty of everyday life is nothing short of captivating. Dialogue drifts effortlessly, buoyed by the natural chemistry between the leads. Time seems to have no relevance: the sun-dappled days are long, and shared moments are exquisitely languid. Sarah may have been led to this place by a desire to repair relationships, but the road she’s on will also guide her towards self-discovery.
Luminously shot and immaculately acted, Katherine Jerkovic’s debut proves refreshingly unsentimental yet undeniably moving.
"Jerkovic is a gifted, intuitive storyteller who doesn’t need to oversell her story’s emotional undercurrents; she trusts her audience to understand what’s going on simply by paying attention to her actors’ faces… Speaking of which: this is Aguayo Stewart’s first leading role… It won’t be her last."—Norman Wilner, NOW Magazine