16926HERO ALT Clark Backo as Samira in Happy Place
Canadian Narrative Feature Competition

HAPPY PLACE

Year 2020
Runtime 102 mins
Streaming Information
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  • Availability: Full Festival
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In-Cinema Showtimes
Sep 27
4:30 PM Eau Claire 2

A group of women in an in-patient care facility have only one thing in common: they have all attempted suicide. Originally developed for the stage at Toronto-based Soulpepper Theatre Company, director Helen Shaver explores the impact seven women have on each other as they work through their own personal traumas.

Samira (played by rising star, Clark Backo, LETTERKENNY) has PTSD after a violent sexual assault several years earlier, and her fellow residents have personal stories that intersect with her own. Trying to lead them all to some form of healing is psychiatrist Louise, who holds the centre of this diverse and kinetic group. Some of the women will leave the safety of the clinic, for better or worse, and others will stay, hopefully learning to find a way to exist alongside their pain.

Canadian director Helen Shaver has been delighting audiences in front of and behind the camera for decades. Some of her recent credits include WESTWORLD, VIKINGS, and ANNE WITH AN E.

Countries

Canada
Director
Helen Shaver
Executive Producer
Helen Shaver, Mark Slone
Producer
Elise Cousineau, Jennifer Kawaja, Julia Sereny
Screenwriter
Pamela Mala Sinha
Cinematographer
Jackson Parrell
Editor
Simone Smith
Music
Justin Small, Ohad Benchetrit
Cast
Clark Backo, Mary Walsh, Sheila McCarthy, Marie-Eve Perron