TIFF 2022 Review: ‘Until Branches Bend’ Is a Riveting Drama

Posted in TIFF 2022 by - September 10, 2022
TIFF 2022 Review: ‘Until Branches Bend’ Is a Riveting Drama

Some films ask interesting questions. Other films have stunning visuals, while some movies will bowl you over with their performances. Until Branches Bend is the rare film that does all of those things. Directed by Sophie Jarvis, it’s a drama centred around a pregnant cannery worker named Robin (Grace Glowicki) living in the Okanagan Valley. When Robin discovers a peculiar insect inside a peach while on her break, she brings the invasive species to the attention of her community. Sadly, Robin soon realizes her employer – and its employees – would rather leave themselves in the dark….

Much of the credit for how impactful this film must go Jarvis’ direction. Until Branches Bend is full of haunting images that stay with you for days. The opening shots of plump peaches being lovingly picked from an orchard establish the beauty – and fragility – of our food supply from the word go.

Of course, Grace Glowicki performance is another highlight. The actor expertly embodies Robin’s quiet frustration. Her quest to identify and deal with the suspicious insect compromises her place in the community. Having lost her family farm when an invasive species of moth moved in, Robin knows first-hand the risk of doing nothing. Robin may be rational. But she constantly rubs up against executives and colleagues alike who would prefer to turn a blind eye and keep picking peaches.

Until Branches Bend is both a must-see movie and a celebration of truth, in all of its messy glory.

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Sarah Sahagian is a feminist writer based in Toronto. Her byline has appeared in such publications as The Washington Post, Refinery29, Elle Canada, Flare, The Toronto Star, and The National Post. She is also the co-founder of The ProfessionElle Society. Sarah holds a master’s degree in Gender Studies from The London School of Economics. You can find her on Twitter, where she posts about parenting, politics, and The Bachelor.
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