March 26, 2018
Showings 4:30, 7:00 and 9:10pm
Canada | Not Rated | Drama | 84 minutes
After years in prison for a drunk driving accident causing death, former convict Valerie Walker (Sheila McCarthy; Algonquin, TV’s Little Mosque on the Prairie) returns home. She is greeted by her daughters, Eleanor (Katie Boland, Daydream Nation) and Zoe (Grace Glowicki, Suck It Up), and the three hit a burger joint before returning to their suburban home. The community keeps to itself and Valerie plans on moving on without revisiting any of the events she has had years to ponder.
But the deceased man’s son Mark (Noah Reid; Old Stock, Score: A Hockey Musical) soon shows up at Valerie’s door. He comes for closure, but makes his suspicions about Valerie’s motives crystal clear as he does his intention to dig until he hits the core. Exasperated, Valerie needs to keep at bay past witnesses, an inquisitive therapist, and a creeping Mark, all while protecting her daughters.
The acerbic wit of the script by directors Grayson Moore and Aidan Shipley is astonishing. Tonally, Cardinals’ razor-sharp dark humour permeates through a genuinely gripping psychological thriller. McCarthy’s towering performance is at the centre of it all, as her character navigates the palpable malaise that her return has triggered while testing whether what goes around always comes around.