Dir: Thom Fitzgerald
Production: Doug Pettigrew
Cast: Shelley Thompson, Sofia Banzhaf
Canada, 2018, 94min, English with Hebrew subtitles
2018 Toronto International Film Festival
2018 Vancouver International Film Festival
2018 Atlantic Film Festival – Best Actress Award to Shelley Thompson
2019 BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival
In association with The Embassy of Canada
Two decades after his successful debut film, The Hanging Garden, Thom Fitzgerald revisits the relationship between sexual orientation and family life in a small Nova Scotia town.
Belle, a young independent woman with a rebellious streak, returns to her picturesque hometown following the sudden death of her father. She left home and headed to the big city after she’d come out as a lesbian and her mother, Nancy, subsequently disowned her. Belle neglects to mention that for the past two years, she’s in fact been dating a young man named Rob who shows up for a surprise visit. However, also popping up from the past is Belle’s ex-girlfriend who reawakens desires in Belle which she believed were long gone. Belle must now prepare to come out – yet again – as bisexual.
Splinters, based on a play by Lee-Anne Poole, is particularly moving thanks to the multilayered performances of Shelley Thompson and Sofia Banzhaf – two strong women who paint an intimate, yet complex portrait of a mother-daughter relationship.