Canadian writer Carol Shields wrote numerous novels, short stories, and plays throughout her lifetime. She won many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for her 1993 novel “The Stone Diaries.” Now, her final novel “Unless” has been adapted into a film starring Catherine Keener. Written and directed by Alan Gilsenan, the film follows Reta (Keener), a successful writer who struggles with her daughter Norah’s (Hannah Gross) decision to drop out of college and live on the streets as a mute in some form of protest. “Unless” also stars Brendan Coyle (“Downton Abbey”), Matt Craven (“X-Men: First Class”), Chloe Rose (“The Lesser Blessed”), Hanna Schygulla (“Berlin Alexanderplatz”), and more. Watch the trailer for the film below.
Catherine Keener has appeared in a wide variety of films throughout her career that have garnered critical acclaim. She’s been nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Spike Jonze’s “Being John Malkovich” and Bennett Miller’s biopic “Capote.” She has starred or co-starred in every film by Nicole Holofcener — “Walking and Talking,” “Lovely and Amazing,” “Friends with Money,” “Please Give,” and “Enough Said.” She has also appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s “Out of Sight,” Judd Apatow’s “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” Sean Penn’s “Into The Wild,” Charlie Kaufman’s “Synecdoche, New York,” and most recently, David Simon’s HBO miniseries “Show Me a Hero.”
“Unless” will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.