In this episode of the podcast, we discuss Patricia Rozema’s Mouthpiece, which Alex, Orla, & Brett all named their favourite Canadian film of the year on our rrecap of 2018 Canadian Cinema (episodes 8 & 9). It also featured on our feature on the best Canadian films of the decade, the best films of the decade, the best films of 2019, and the best Canadian cinema of 2019. To coincide with Mouthpiece‘s theatrical release, theatre artist and Seventh Row staff writer Laura Anne Harris joins editor-in-chief Alex Heeney and associate editor Brett Pardy on the podcast to discuss the film’s adaptation from stage to screen, Rozema’s visual genius, complex character relationships, and more.
Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava (also the film’s writers) simultaneously play two sides of the same woman, Cassandra, as she prepares for her mother’s (Maev Beaty) funeral. Her preparations lead to her grappling with the contradictions of her mother’s second-wave feminism and the female experience of living under the patriarchy. Director Patricia Rozema collaborated with Nostbakken and Sadava to adapt their play to the screen.
Mouthpiece is a favourite at Seventh Row: it’s not just our favourite Canadian film of 2019, but our favourite film of the year overall, and our third favourite film of the decade. Suffice to say, you must see this film.
Show notes and recommended reading on Mouthpiece
Alex Heeney highlighted Mouthpiece as one of the shining stars at TIFF 18.
We previously discussed Mouthpiece on part two of our best 2018 Canadian cinema podcast episode.
This episode was edited by Edward von Aderkas.