The Stairs (2016)



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The Stairs tells the story of Marty, Greg and Roxanne, each of whom survived decades of street-involvement in Toronto's Regent Park. Using their experiences to ease the paths of others, each works in public health in their old neighborhood while struggling to maintain their newly-found stability. Told over five years, The Stairs defies stereotypes about drug use, sex work and homelessness through an intimate portrait that is by turns funny, surprising and moving.

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Gibson is successful in illuminating the constant struggles of a user and the lasting impact drugs have on one's life, though the film does drag at times and can abruptly shift from subject to subject, disrupting the narrative flow.

Oct 7, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A deeply inspiring look at ordinary people striving to defy the odds.

Oct 6, 2016 | Full Review…

Offering no pat solutions, Gibson is content for us to understand that the unconventional lives of his subjects make them no less worthy of dignity and respect.

Oct 6, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This documentary approach to filming from the inside gets us far deeper into the complicated reality of drug dependence and recovery than standard television-style docs can reach.

Oct 2, 2017 | Full Review…

The 90-minute doc, shot in several formats over at least five years, centres on three Torontonians who have survived well enough to describe their journeys with some clarity.

Apr 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Filmed over the course of five years, and letting people tell their own stories in their own words, The Stairs is a work with deep compassion for those who've made their way back from the depths of addiction.

Jan 11, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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