The Stairs

2016, Documentary, 1h 35m

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The lives of habitual drug users in Toronto's Regent Park.

Cast & Crew

Alan Zweig
Executive Producer
Hugh Gibson
Cinematographer
Cam Woykin
Cinematographer
Andres Landau
Film Editor
Ryan J. Noth
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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.

    October 7, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A deeply inspiring look at ordinary people striving to defy the odds.

    October 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.

    October 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.

    October 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.

    April 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.

    January 11, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 7, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A deeply inspiring look at ordinary people striving to defy the odds.

    October 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.

    October 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.

    October 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.

    April 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.

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

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