Molly McGlynn's "Mary Goes Round" does many things well, but perhaps it's most endearing and defining quality is the brilliantly unique and original yet completely honest tone that it contains.
It can already be summed up simply with the most basic bio of it's protagonist Mary: an addictions counsellor who is herself an alcoholic. It's a concept that has an inherent sadness and brutal honesty to it, yet it contains a funny irony to it that is inescapable. Where other films try and fail to balance drama and comedy well without one undermining the other, "Mary Goes Round" never shows any sign but simply keeping its story and characters as real and honest as possible.
Aya Cash perfectly captures Mary's spunky energy, using awkward and often unintentional humour to alleviate the uncomfortable situations within the film in a way that seems so effortless and natural that you would never believe the film was scripted. One could easily see Cash having a huge future as a comedienne if she wasn't also so damn good at the dramatic scenes as well.
The rest of the cast effortlessly carries the story along as well, never playing the serious moments as melodrama and always keeping them grounded within reality that is still tragic while never feeling too dramatic to be believable.
Cinematographer Nick Haight also deserves a lot of credit for fearlessly keeping us trapped in uncomfortable situations, holding on tight close-ups of the characters in situations they most want to escape from; Mary being asked to admit to her own addiction problems, her estranged father Walt, played with gentle grace by John Ralston, having a heated argument with Mary on his deathbed in what could potentially be their last conversation, or Mary and her half-sister Robyn, played by the young but skilled beyond her years Sarah Waisglass, bonding for the first time over tales of their own dysfunctional behaviour and personal issues. By keeping us trapped looking deep into each character's face, the film is able to force us to confront the dysfunction in their lives in a way that is both uncomfortable yet incredibly cathartic and moving when we feel the same release as the characters do as they learn to overcome them and see that life moves on.
With "Mary Goes Round," McGlynn has made a film that allows us to empathize deeply with its characters even though we may not have similar stories ourselves by allowing the emotional core of everything shine through so strongly that we can all connect it to our own lives. It's a rare achievement, but one that McGlynn and her cast and crew handle with such grace, beauty, and fun, that it's hard not to love going 'round with Mary.
Mary Goes Round
Mary Goes Round
Mary is a substance abuse counsellor with a drinking problem. After getting arrested for drunk driving and losing her job, Mary returns to her hometown where she learns that her estranged father is dying of cancer and wants her to form a bond with her teenage half-sister she's never met.
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April 09, 2021 at 11:00 PM