Discovering an unusual, potentially invasive insect inside a peach, fruit packer Robin (Grace Glowicki) immediately reports it. When the powers that be refuse to take action, she goes public with her concerns and precipitates a widescale shutdown that threatens to devastate her Okanagan town. Branded a pariah and effectively exiled with her younger sister Laney (Alexandra Roberts), Robin must also deal with the complications of terminating an unwanted pregnancy. Meanwhile, the townsfolk are about to learn that nature won’t be denied.
Parallels and allegories abound as Sophie Jarvis’ psychological drama delves into the ills of this seemingly postcard-perfect community. Boasting a layered narrative and impeccable performances, Until Branches Bend is also suffused with the sensorial elements of an Okanagan summer: from the dusty cinematography to a sweltering atmosphere that leaves everyone on edge. What starts out as an intimate whistleblowing drama ultimately grows apocalyptic in scale, all while preserving the human story at its core.
March 24, 12:50 pm screening: Q&A with director Sophie Jarvis
March 25: Q&A with director Sophie Jarvis and producers Sara Blake and Tyler Hagan
Sophie Jarvis also co-directed with Alicia Eisen a short stop-motion film, Zeb’s Spider, that’s screening at the Reel 2 Real Film Festival for Youth. Sunday, April 2 at 12:15 pm at the Roundhouse, and also available online March 28 – April 6 with a streaming pass to Reel 2 Real. Tickets & Info at Reel 2 Real.
Grace Glowicki, Alexandra Roberts, Quelemia Sparrow, Lochlyn Munro, Antoine DesRochers
Best BC Film, VIFF 2022
Indigenous & Community Access
Tyler Hagan, Sara Blake, Magali Gillon-Krizaj, Michela Pini, Olga Lamontanara
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