Passionflower Trailer (2011)

Sarah (Kassidy Brown) is on the brink of adolescence in suburban Winnipeg, haunted by the example of female sexuality provided by her mother Beatrice (Kristen Harris). It's the early 60s, just around the corner from the sexual liberation movements; the ferocious Beatrice embodies sexual freedom without the cultural support and validation that would soon come. Torn between repression and its opposite, she's tearing herself and her family apart. What Beatrice represents is impulse without understanding, a hunger for life without any idea of what it should actually be like.

The obvious touchstone here is Cassavetes' A Woman Under the Influence, and Harris's harrowing performance recalls the passion and torment that Gena Rowlands put across in that film. But this is really the story of Sarah, the victim of exposure to an adult world that she can't comprehend except in terms of repulsion. Sarah's triumph over her fear and confusion comes through art: it's how she learns to validate her sexuality while controlling it. The movie is a record of her journey, one that mirrors that which our culture would soon go through: from the destructive binary opposition of chastity and sin towards an integration of freedom and responsibility. Movingly personal and provocatively political, emotionally searing and keenly intelligent, this is a powerhouse of a film.

1 min 32 sec


Posted On
November 04, 2011
Shelagh Carter

Shelagh Carter


October 12, 2011
Kristen Harris
Darcy Fehr
Kassidy Brown
Susan Kelso
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