On the occasion of the theatrical release of
»Into the Forest«
in Canada on June 3, Ellen Page met up with director
for some press work in Toronto during the first week of the month. She sat down for interviews with
Breakfast Television Toronto
as well as
, and made appearances on
" with Shadrach Kabango and the
Roz & Mocha Show
The duo was also present for a
following a special advance screening of the movie held at Cineplex Odeon Varsity Theatre on Wednesday evening. Furthermore, the
in-depth print article
giving insights into how Ellen came across
's novel while being in her native city of Halifax, the bond she developed with her co-star
Evan Rachel Wood
, and the intense preparation the two leading actresses went through. The latter included, among other things, a strict diet to depict their characters' growing hunger as resources diminish and crisis looms, the limited use of the TV and computer in order to get a feeling of isolation and being deprived of the luxuries of life, as well as learning vital dance moves and basic survival skills like how to skin a boar. Despite her undoubtedly busy schedule, Ellen even found time to record a short
on LGBT Pride Month for
We are also excited to announce that Rozema's post-apocalyptic drama will be screening at the
in Germany on June 25 and 27, and will receive its DVD premiere in Sweden on June 27 thanks to
! Since the last update, we got our hands on
12 new HQ stills
, whereby only a few have been added to the
so far. The rest is supposed to be used for the upcoming US release and therefore will be held back until June 23. So stay tuned and make sure to check back on the given day for more beautiful shots of Ellen and her co-stars!
At around the same time as the events occurring in Canada,
made its international premiere at the
Sundance London Film Festival
on June 2 with director
in attendance. Judging by the reviews and reports (see also our summary below), the drama went down very well with the festival crowd as well as with the British critics.
Let us hope this trend continues when
releases Heder's directorial debut on July 29 and that the lovely, down-to-earth, talented and eloquent filmmaker gets the attention, recognition and success she deserves! You can actually take part in this effort by following
to your watchlist now (
)! And finally we are very pleased to be the first website to share with you
7 brand new movie stills
, courtesy of
»Tallulah« - Sundance London Film Festival - Press Reviews
"The three lead performances are uniformly excellent, but Blanchard delivers the standout. The plucky charm of Page’s previous roles translates well into Lu’s impecunious nomad, shunning the care of others until she is ill-equipped to care for someone herself. Similarly, a dream sequence that both Lu and Margo experience feels like a strange atonal choice on Heder’s part, out of step with the rest of her film. But Tallulah is a confident, heartfelt debut that explores the roles and choices of real women, even if those choices are unlikely ones. [...] Similarly, a dream sequence that both Lu and Margo experience feels like a strange atonal choice on Heder’s part, out of step with the rest of her film. But Tallulah is a confident, heartfelt debut that explores the roles and choices of real women, even if those choices are unlikely ones."
(7 out of 10) — Josh Franks,
"Tallulah is a light-hearted, though also quite deep comedy-drama that involves from the off. There are three truly superb performances – Ellen Page secures her best role since her wonderful turn in Juno, a character who one looks upon both shamefully and with empathy. It’s a superb performance and she’s a joy to watch in every scene, as is the reliable Alison Janney, a character who actually shares a lot with Page’s – just managing to keep everything together at a time when she stands to lose everything. Then there’s Tammy Blanchard’s Carolyn, a character also struggling with her own demons and again a performance worthy of mention from her introduction as the slightly-slutty, confident, provided for ‘real housewife’ of Beverly Hills, to the tormented should we see during the film’s closing scenes. A highlight in the all three actresses’ already gleaming resumes. [...] Tallulah is wonderfully written, directed and acted - in fact debutant feature helmer Sian Heder's writing is exemplary thoughout, her direction solid, and as a debut feature as a whole, this really rather impresses."
(4 out of 5) — Paul Heath,
The Hollywood News
"Tallulah is written and filmed very much from a female perspective, with a woman director/screenwriter and three fine actresses at the centre of it. Ellen Page is as reliable and engaging as ever, Allison Janney demonstrates yet again that she’s one of the most criminally underrated actresses around and Tammy Blanchard shines in a role that could be over-cooked far too easily: as she delves deeper into the character, she shifts our attitudes from contempt to compassion."
(3.5 out of 5.0) — Freda Cooper,
"Page and Janney are both on great form, and it’s a pleasure to see the two of them spar and bond across the film, Tallulah’s free spirit clashing with the older woman’s firmly set habits, taking comfort and security within her life’s rigid rules. Blanchard is a bit more one-note, all wispy voice and woozy smiles before giving way to hysteria, but there’s a nice appearance from Uzo Aduba as a child services worker on the case. If nothing else, it’s pretty delightful to see a film led so much by its women, a set of rounded, complex female characters pushing the men firmly into the wings. Heder’s direction offers a few whimsical indie touches in the film’s occasional floaty dream sequences, but for the most part Tallulah’s feet are firmly on the ground, tackling an outlandish scenario head-on."
— Dominic Preston,
"Carolyn initially appears an intolerable, self-absorbed wreck but Blanchard skilfully reveals her as a more wounded, sympathetic women than first appeared. The interactions between these complex women, as their lives intertwine, are a spectacle to behold and Heder’s calm, flowing direction allows each character space to breathe. Despite the contrivances of the narrative, this is a graceful, emotive, funny exploration of maternal love that is as strong a showcase as any for why we need to address the gender inequality surrounding film directors. [...] A graceful, emotive, funny exploration of maternal love that is as strong a showcase as any for why we need to address the gender inequality surrounding film directors."
(4 out of 5) — Luke Channell,
"Complex character writing weaves in restrained use of flashback and continually reveals new shades of grey in the triptych of women who are all superbly cast. Getting Page and Janney together again pays off hugely – the two have great chemistry in a surrogate mother/daughter relationship that remains distinct from that of Juno. [...] What could have been a run-of-the-mill TV movie achieves gravitas through developed character motivations and performances given room to breathe. Even when indulging in lighter comedic dialogue, Tallulah circles profound truths."
(4 out of 5) — Rachel Brook,
One Room With A View
"A welcome return to form for Ellen Page, Tallulah is a well-meaning examination of what it takes to be a mother and who should have the right to be a parent. There is a fair amount of hand-wringing too, but the performances make this very watchable."
— Cassam Looch,
"Janney and Page work wonderfully together on screen and both bring grounded and deeply personal performances in their roles. Janney in particular has an interesting plot thread which sees her trying to come to terms with her divorce and newly single life. [...] Unfortunately, despite the brilliant cast, the plot often becomes a lillte too absurd. A big part of this is to do with Page’s character. It feels throughout as though we are supposed to be sympathetic for her kidnapping, but Heder’s script feels like it’s missing just one tiny element to tip us to Tallulah’s side. Without this, at best you feel sorry that she’s gotten to the point of kidnapping, at worst she comes off as a conniving, selfish young girl who has no regard for anyone else as long as she manages to stay out of trouble. [...] Tallulah is an interesting if occasionally absurd story that is helped massively by it’s impressively strong cast. With just a little more time on screen Ellen Page could have catapulted the film to perfection, instead it sits neatly above average and still demands viewing."
— Johnny Ellis,
Red Carpet News TV
"Page and Janney are both fantastic in their respective roles, and it’s not hard at all to imagine Page being in the awards conversation come the end of the year. It’s another Oscar-worthy performance from Ellen Page, who really helps add the shades of grey to the moral dilemma in which Tallulah finds herself. [...] The film itself, however, has its flaws. There are some great light-hearted moments littered throughout, but these are at least equalled by the number of jokes that don’t land. And while it’s very much grounded in dramatic territory, it still would have been stronger if these moments had been more finely-tuned. [...] Yet it’s a strong film regardless, and one totally worthy of the global platform Netflix is able to give it."
(3 out of 5) — Kenji Lloyd,
"Heder shows no signs of nerves with her first feature, boldly creating a trio of women who are, initially, prickly at best, slowly fleshing them out to reveal each as altogether more complex and exploring notions of motherhood beyond traditional expectations. [...] Signs of Heder's TV work occasionally poke through, such as the desire to add a romance subplot involving Margo's doorman (Felix Solis) when the film would benefit from a leaner approach. An initial foray into magic realism also feels at odds with the rest of the action, although Heder ultimately stays true to the idea in a way many will find rewarding."
— Amber Wilkinson,
Eye For Film
"In Tallulah, Sian Heder elicits superb performances from her lead actresses: Allison Janney, Ellen Page and a stunning Tammy Blanchard. Page and Janney have a natural rapport, a mother-daughter chemistry that's funny and touching; even though we know it is built on a lie. Page maintains an appealing quality that allows us to forgive Tallulah’s impulsive and destructive tendencies. Janney lends a heart-rending quality to Margo, a woman reeling from the confusion of losing both her husband and her son. [...] With surprising dashes of magical realism, calm direction and fluid film-making, Sian Heder has crafted a poignant film that's both sad and uplifting - a rueful look at the risks and gains found in our relationships with others and how these can change us. Beautifully acted and sensitively written, Heder's film is a bittersweet pleasure."
— R.H. Zelen,