Early Winter (MA15)

David, a man in his forties, lives a predictable life with his wife Maya and their two children who seem to leave a mess wherever they go. To please his wife with the latest gadgets, he works solitary shift work, days and nights, as a janitor in a retirement home sitting patiently and comforting the dying. But when he begins to suspect that Maya is having an affair, he
starts to lose ground, his past threatening to smash everything in his path. This is a detailed portrait of a marriage moving from what initially ordinary to events that become increasingly tense and fraught. The film is set in Montreal in the lead up to winter. It’s an intensely interiorised movie that highlights peoples searing loneliness and the desperation of a life that is disconnected from the outside world. Directed by Michael Rowe, an Australian who has spent much of his working life abroad. In 2010 he made his debut feature, Leap Year,in Mexico. It went on to win the Caméra d’Or at Cannes for best first-time director. Produced by Trish Lake (Gettin’ Square and Frackman).

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