Alan Gilsenan’s, Unless, Opens in Irish Cinemas This Friday, 16 March

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Alan Gilsenan’s, Unless, Opens in Irish Cinemas This Friday, 16 March

Posted: 14th March 2018

Written and directed by Irish director Alan Gilsenan and based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by Carol Shields, Unless opens in Irish cinemas this Friday, 16 March.

The film, which received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September 2016 stars Academy Award® nominee Catherine Keener in the role of Reta as a woman who has many reasons to be happy. Her three almost grown-daughters.  Her twenty-year relationship with their father.  Her modest success as a writer.

Then, suddenly, all the quiet satisfactions of her well-lived life disappear in a moment — her eldest daughter Norah suddenly drops out of college, runs from the family and is found on a Toronto street corner, with a hand-lettered cardboard sign reading ‘Goodness’ on her chest.

Unless follows Reta and her family as they struggle first to 'rescue' Norah, then to understand her incomprehensible decision in taking this strange path.

The title is produced by Tristan Orpen Lynch and Aoife O’Sullivan for Subotica in Ireland alongside Julia Sereny and Jennifer Kawaja for Canada’s Sienna Films with support from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.

Unless opens on Friday, 16 March in Dublin’s IFI, Galway’s Eye Cinema and the Gate in Cork.