|Mothers and Daughters|
|Directed by||Carl Bessai|
|Produced by||Carl Bessai|
|Written by||Carl Bessai|
|Music by||Lullaby Baxter|
|Edited by||Mark Shearer|
The film, an exploration of mother-daughter relationships, centres on a group of women in Vancouver. Micki (Babz Chula) is a romance novelist who has tried to relate to her daughter Rebecca (Camille Sullivan) as a friend and peer rather than as a mother; Brenda (Gabrielle Rose) is a woman whose relationship with her daughter Kate (Tiffany Lyndall-Knight) is tested when her husband leaves her for another woman; Celine (Tantoo Cardinal) is a single house painter with no children, who has the opportunity to indulge her maternal instincts when her young client Cynthia (Tinsel Korey) needs assistance with her pregnancy. The characters and dialogue were developed by the actresses through an improvisational process.
At the 2008 Vancouver International Film Festival, the film won the audience award for Most Popular Canadian Film. Rose received a Genie Award nomination for Best Actress at the 30th Genie Awards.
- "Overwrought relationships, underwritten with love". The Globe and Mail, May 28, 2009.
- "Mothers & Daughters: Carl Bessai". Exclaim!, May 29, 2009.
- "Mothers&Daughters' Gabrielle Rose finds her reality". The Georgia Straight, May 6, 2009.
- "Fifty Dead Men Walking was dead-on according to VIFF jury; I've Loved You So Long voted most popular film". The Province, October 12, 2008.
- "Polytechnique tops Genie nominations". CBC News, March 1, 2010.
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