Media Room

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Screenings

Sat, Apr 27 7:30 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 4

Not Available

Mon, Apr 29 4:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Not Available


39 minutes | Canada  | English  | World Premiere | Rating: PG


When Kelly O’Brien’s second child was born in 2007, she was told he’d contracted a virus in utero that caused “extensive brain damage.” Her doctor’s advice was to get used to “the new normal.” Since then, O’Brien has kept a cinematic journal, documenting her worries, insights and joys while juggling the roles of wife, mother and filmmaker. When she’s wanting for words, her images soar, transcending home-movie aesthetics with evocative 16mm footage. This is not just a portrait of a woman coming to terms with the responsibility of nurturing a son who faces challenges every day. It’s a vividly rendered family album: daughter Emma supplies an unvarnished understanding and deep affection for her brother, husband Terence provides support and compassion, and son Teddy strengthens his family’s bond. O’Brien is never rendered as victim or hero but someone finding comfort through documenting life as honestly as possible, regardless of how difficult that becomes. Alexander Rogalski

Screening with Just As I Remember

Co-Presented with Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT)


Media Coverage

Director(s)
Kelly O'Brien

Producer(s)
Kelly O'Brien