Pascal Plante’s Nadia, Butterfly eerily takes place at the now-cancelled 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and follows a French Canadian Olympian swimmer as she participates in her final event as a professional athlete. Lovingly directed yet glacially paced, Nadia, Butterfly boasts some excellent performances and cinematography, but struggles to overcome its vague characterizations and meandering screenplay.
Mary Goes Round is an acceptable gateway to long-form filmmaking for Canadian writer/director Molly McGlynn. She comes prepared with a resume of shorts, of which I’ve only seen one (3-Way (Not Calling)). It was so illustrious with its humour and honesty, that I started to anticipate McGlynn’s first feature-length film.