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(Updated April 20)



White Lie

Part of the Stars of the Canadian Cinema Scene! Nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards!

Dishonesty is something we’ve all taken part in. But of all cinematic expeditions to the dark places where ugliness takes root, Kacey Rohl’s portrayal of Katie, a young woman who fakes a cancer diagnosis, feels particularly menacing.

Powered by delusions of her own making and the desperate wish to be special, Katie conceives one little lie after another. Her unrelenting stamina for deceit pricks our own awareness of the lengths we’ll go to maintain our charades. Rohl’s ability to play a character so committed to hideousness without playing a villain, per se, is an incredible feat of showcasing the complicated scramble that is being alive.

White Lie is maddening in its ceaseless chicanery and cautionary in its plausibility – while many of us have never faked having a serious illness, we’ve all found ourselves in too deep at some point or another, accelerating our own hamster wheels of disgrace.

As much about deception as it is about  the fear of being forsaken, White Lie unfurls to become an unexpected empathy inquest.

– Carly Lewis, The Globe And Mail

Part of the Stars Of Canadian Cinema series, which features six new Canadian films during the week of March 20 to 26.
For details of all six films in the series, download this pdf.

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