Director Aisling Chin-Yee and screenwriter Alanna Francis make their feature debut with this slyly funny and at times heartbreaking paean to a most unlikely friendship between two women. Cami (Heather Graham) is a children’s book author and illustrator who has been raising her surly teenage daughter, Aster (2016 TIFF Rising Star Sophie Nélisse), on her own ever since her ex, Craig, abandoned them to start a new life with Rachel (Jodi Balfour). When an unforeseeable tragedy leaves Rachel and Tallulah (Abigail Pniowsky), the daughter Rachel had with Craig, evicted and with no place to go, Cami offers to put them up in her rundown camper.
Cami and Rachel’s path to friendship is an unsurprisingly rough one. Old tensions are exacerbated as each mother hits it off with the other’s daughter, offering quantities of understanding that the birth parent can’t. This tenuous situation is further complicated by secrets that all are hiding, even the outwardly saintly Cami.
As unpredictable and recognizable as real life, The Rest of Us is propelled by a compassion for all of its characters (even when they behave badly), following them as they learn how to embrace life, how to be loyal, and how to forgive one another and themselves.
Official Selection, 2019 Toronto International Film Festival