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Never Steady, Never Still (2018)

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NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL, the feature film debut of Kathleen Hepburn, is a tender and heartbreaking story of a physically disabled mother and discontent son -- each alienated from their world and struggling to manage in the face of grief, guilt and chronic disease. Having lived with Parkinson's Disease for almost two decades, Judy is faced with the heightened challenges of daily life when tragedy strikes on their isolated property on the shores of Stuart Lake. Meanwhile, her teenage son, pushed by his father to get a job on the oil fields, is grappling with the daunting task of becoming a man in world that has no apparent room for weakness. At its core, this is story of a mother's guilt at not being able to be the protector she feels she should be, and a son's overwhelming fear of never being enough -- both longing for the forgiveness of the other and debilitated by self-imposed emotional isolation.

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4)

It's rather bleak but the camera work is exceptional, the pace languorous and Hepburn's screenplay deliberately ambiguous.

March 1, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Settles on viewers as quietly as overnight snow on a wintering field.

October 31, 2017 | Full Review…
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British actress Shirley Henderson uses her soft voice and tiny frame to great effect.

October 19, 2017 | Full Review…

The hardship of it is immediate, but it never feels forced or exploitative. [Kathleen] Hepburn cares for her characters too much to force matters in such a way.

September 11, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Like the remote and frequently challenging terrain, Never Steady, Never Still has a sublime, hypnotic gravitas.

May 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There's not enough artistic merit in Kathleen Hepburn's film to make all its dourness worthwhile, but Henderson is excellent, and the scenes describing simple moments of compassion are poignant.

April 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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