REVIEW: Ordinary Days an extraordinary slow-burn drama

This incredible Canadian film about the disappearance of a young girl, told in three different segments, is a truly entrancing watch.

Directed by three canucks, Kris Booth, Jordan Canning & Renuka Jeyapalan, they coalesce into one atmospheric film written with great care by Ramona Barckert.

Seen through the eyes of the parents of the missing Cara, the detective looking into her case and then, finally, Cara herself, the unique storylines and viewpoints of the same timelines are splendid.

TV star Jacqueline Byers makes a harrowing transition to the big screen as Cara Cook, a young girl whose independence has, in some ways, pushed her parents away.

Her mother is high-strung, constantly worrying for her only daughter, while her father tries to give her space and let her figure her life out. So when Cara doesn’t show up for family dinner Friday, her dad convinces his wife that their daughter is fine, and they need not call the police.

Featuring strong work from Torri Higginson and Richard Clarkin as mother and father, and a strong segment from Michael Xavier as the struggling detective working the case, the cast is tip top. Watch for a small part from Mena Massoud, of the upcoming Aladdin, as Cara’s former lover.

This is a great ensemble, but to see the journey of a young girl who is so strong, through her own eyes, lends even more vigour to what she goes through. Byers’ segment may come last, but she really brings this film home.

4/5  Stars

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