First Trailer for Adaptation of Story 'Unless' Starring Catherine Keener

August 12, 2016
Source: YouTube

Unless Trailer

"How did this part of the story happen?" The first trailer has debuted for an indie drama called Unless, adapted from Carol Shields' novel of the same name. The story is about a successful, usually happy writer who struggles with her daughter's choice to drop out of college and live on the streets. Catherine Keener stars, along with Hannah Gross as her daughter Norah living on the streets. The full cast includes Matt Craven, Chloe Rose, Abigail Winter, Brendan Coyle and Hanna Schygulla. The film will premiere at TIFF this fall, which is a good sign this might have something to it. It looks quite emotional and heartfelt.

Here's the first official trailer for Alan Gilsenan's Unless, direct from YouTube:

Unless Trailer

Reta Winters has many reasons to be happy. Then, suddenly, all the quiet satisfactions of her well-lived life disappear in a moment: her eldest daughter Norah inexplicably drops out of college and is found on a Toronto street corner, pan-handling and refusing to speak, with a cardboard sign reading "Goodness" around her neck. Based on the novel "Unless" by the late Carol Shields. Unless is both written and directed by Irish filmmaker Alan Gilsenan, of the various documentary, film and TV work previously. The film is set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival this fall, but doesn't have a release set yet. Stay tuned for news.

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Well, life is a strange surprise from time to time. Whether one consider oneself successful or not. It doesn't matter whether you age or not. Some things just make you react on them ... This might be watchable. And Catherine Keener is a good actress. And I like a calm tone of it ...

shiboleth on Aug 12, 2016


Schizophrenia is a scary and horrible thing. Going into a state of catatonia is especially scary because the patient will not/cannot interact with others.

DAVIDPD on Aug 12, 2016

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