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Unless (2016)




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A translator and novelist (Catherine Keener) has her contented small-town life upended when she discovers that her eldest daughter (Hannah Gross) has dropped out of college and is inexplicably living on the streets and holding a cardboard sign that says only "GOODNESS." She attempts to help her daughter out of this mysterious crisis while maintaining her professional standing, with mixed results. Based on the award-winning, final novel by Carol Shields.


Catherine Keener
as Reta Winters
Matt Craven
as Tom Winters
Hannah Gross
as Norah Winters
Chloe Rose
as Christine Winters
Abigail Winter
as Natalie Winters
Hanna Schygulla
as Danielle Westerman
Martha Henry
as Lois Winters
Benjamin Ayres
as Arthur Springer
Linda Kash
as Tessa Sands
Brendan Coyle
as Caspar Brown
Kathryn Greenwood
as Willow Halliday
Yanna McIntosh
as Cery Arneaud
Dylan Harman
as Jim Halliday
Robert Nasmith
as Baby Moon McFadden
Kaelyn Wong
as Buddhist Nun
Christine Horne
as Dr. Devita
Adam Butcher
as Ring Leader
Alexander Conti
as Frat Boy #2
Matthew Peart
as Frat Boy #3
Judge William Webster
as Professor Hamilton
Olivia Scriven
as Tracy Halliday
Nora Sheehan
as Traffic Cop
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Critic Reviews for Unless

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

Brief, sincere and heartfelt, Unless never goes entirely off the rails. But it never convinces us that the adaptation needed to be attempted.

March 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

What worked in Shields's quiet, contemplative novel about a family in crisis falls flat on screen.

October 14, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The film is a beautiful piece of work with a searing truthfulness. Keener plays the parental helplessness with subtle intelligence.

April 9, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As it goes, the conclusion to Unless is too cut-and-dry to offer any lasting commentary regarding homeless issues.

March 23, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a handsome film, soulful but efficient, and Keener and Hannah Gross deliver fine performances.

March 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Alan Gilsenan's adaptation of Carol Shields' final novel Unless has the delicate touch and the humanity that characterise his documentaries. Yet somehow one is left wanting more.

March 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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