Romance, 1 hr 26 min
Following the suicide of her best friend, Jane finds purpose in helping her friend’s wife with their child. In doing so, she becomes inadvertently drawn into an intimate relationship bound by grief that’s potentially catastrophic to the healing for all those involved.
My Fiona pinpoints such universal experiences that I believe anyone who has ever lost somebody will easily be able to find themselves in these characters
My Fiona (2020) is a wonderfully poignant film about love and loss, and Kelly Walker perfectly captures the process of moving on after losing a loved one.
The film follows Jane (Jeanette Maus) and her immense struggle following the death of her best friend Fiona (Sara Amini). As well as Jane, Fiona’s wife Gemma (Corbin Reid), her son Bailey (Elohim Nycalove), and her mother Ruth (April Lang) are devastated by the loss. In the midst of her depression, Jane finds purpose in becoming more involved in Fiona’s family, as she starts picking Bailey up from school and taking care of him while Gemma is at work. Though, in supporting Fiona’s family, Jane grows closer to Gemma and Bailey, and the complexity of each character’s grief is revealed as their dynamic evolves.
Kelly Walker entwines mental health issues and romance in such a way that makes My Fiona feel incredibly true to life. Jeanette Maus’s performance as Jane truly highlights the difficulty of coming to terms with yourself in the absence of someone who holds a significant influence over your life. As well, Walker’s incorporation of Fiona’s mother and son means that the film is able to represent multi-generational grief. This is especially meaningful in Elohim Nycalove’s performance as Bailey, who beautifully shows the way loss in children can express itself in complicated and abstract forms.
My Fiona pinpoints such universal experiences that I believe anyone who has ever lost somebody will easily be able to find themselves in these characters, and Jane’s journey towards acceptance and closure is something we can all be inspired by. This film excellently balances devastation and hope, making for a deeply emotional watch. Have your tissues at the ready for this one.
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London-based Film Baby studying a film MA specialising in lesbian film.
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