Inside Out 2014: Ever – Film Review

Director: Josh Beck
Cast: Wendy McColm, Christina Elizabeth Smith
Country: USA
Runtime: 98 min
Rating: R

Since the sudden death of the love of her life, Ever’s existence has been one silent void full of stagnant routine. After an uncomfortable experience in a date finally drives her to end her misery, she unexpectedly meets Emily, who free of judgment and full of compassion is eager to make sure Ever doesn’t go through with her ghastly plans. Due to this shared experience the two women quickly grow close, and their friendship rapidly shows the tender feelings they share for each other. Although Emily makes Ever feel a happiness she had long forgotten, they will both face struggles that will change the way they feel about themselves, and each other.

Ever is a film with a very low budget, but despite this it comes with very pleasant surprises, especially in its talent. McColm and Smith had outstanding chemistry, and they both show very natural and solid acting that make the two main characters easily enjoyable. The film has a very particular aesthetic that I hesitate to call hipster, but any other way of describing it escapes me. With everything from a used book and vinyl store, a deeply wounded yet quirky heroine, indie music, and cats, it is very hard not to use this word to describe the movie. However, this does not mean this film lacks quality. On the contrary, it is a well-produced project, which despite a few shortcomings manages to shine and captivate its audience.

Rating: 6 / 10

Screening time: Tuesday May 27, 7:45pm @ TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 2