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And Violet

Paul Gray
Scotland, 2017, 95 min.

In English.
Includes adult language.

AIFF Award Winner:
Best Dramatic Feature,
Special Jury Award for Best Performance

A coming of age drama about the interwoven and unravelling lives of teenage daughter Violet, her adoptive Mum and her birth Mum. When Violet and her adoptive mum visit a small Scottish town one summer, they unexpectedly run into Violet's estranged birth-mum. The mothers clash as they try to keep a connection with their rebellious daughter, who struggles with the conflict of having both mums back in her life.

Director's Statement

And Violet is my debut feature film as writer and director. It is a story that is told from three different points of view: a teenage daughter, her birth mum and her adoptive mum. Rather than a story of good parents versus bad parents, it's about the complications of modern family life, and the difficult histories that families sometimes contend with. It's about the precarious balance between nature and nurture, exploring in a non-judgmental way how relationships can unravel, while simultaneously becoming entangled. At times a tense story and at others humorous, and I hope always generous in spirit.

Category: Drama, Award Winner.
Themes: Addiction, Family, Identity, Relationships, World Cinema.

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