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Juniper

Matthew Saville | 2021 | 94 MINS
New Zealand
Very well received as our closing film at the festival. When a self-destructive teenager is suspended from school and asked to look after his feisty alcoholic grandmother as a punishment, the crazy time they spend together turns his life around.

In Detail

Sam (17) has been on a self-destructive spiral that could lead to his death. He returns home from boarding school to find his wheelchair-bound English grandmother, Ruth has moved in.

Ruth is an ex- war photographer with a lust for life and a love of the bottle. Sam soon finds himself profoundly confronted by her alcoholic wit and chutzpah.

Both strong-willed characters, a battle of supremacy ensues, enabling Sam to embrace life again and for Ruth to face her mortality.

Rampling is of course in formidable form and local newcomer George Ferrier immediately commands our attention with a contained explosive performance.

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