What happens when one sibling wants nothing more than to end her life and leave this world, but the other refuses to grant her request? Of all of the irreconcilable differences we’ve seen between sisters on the big screen, those faced by Alison Pill and Sarah Gadon in All My Puny Sorrows may be one of the toughest. The film, an adaptation of Miriam Towes’ novel, premiered last year at TIFF where it received solid reviews, including from myself.
Behind the camera is writer/director Michael McGowan, with Mare Winningham, Amybeth Mcnulty, and Donal Logue in supporting roles.
Here’s the synopsis: Based on Miriam Toews’ best-selling novel “All My Puny Sorrows” unexpectedly infuses wry humor into this heart-wrenching story of two loving sisters: one a gifted pianist (Sarah Gadon) obsessed with ending her life, the other a struggling writer (Alison Pill) who in wrestling with this decision, makes profound discoveries about herself.
All My Puny Sorrows opens in digital and VOD on May 3rd.