- Happily Ever After
- Written by
- Joan Carr-Wiggin, Savitri Gordian
- Directed by
- Joan Carr-Wiggin
- Janet Montgomery, Sara Paxton, Alex Kingston
Ignore, for a moment, the generic title and the laborious first 20 minutes, and you can appreciate this mostly heartfelt, mostly sincere comedy-drama about trying to outrun your small-town past.
This U.K.-Canada co-production also nicely echoes another Toronto release this week – the Germany-Canada co-pro Coconut Hero – in that both go to desperate lengths to get across the message that small-town Ontario isn't actually a hell hole through which all ambition is sucked down.
In this film's case, director Joan Carr-Wiggin focuses on documentarian Heather (Janet Montgomery), who returns to her rural roots to visit her ailing father, and to film the wedding video for former BFF Sarah (Sara Paxton). The usual Canadian indie themes pop up – secrets, lies, reconciliation etc. – but Carr-Wiggin keeps things humming along at a pleasing, if not necessarily riveting, pace.