— by WILLIAM STERR —
It’s winter, but there is no snow. A middle-aged couple sits alone in a pew as a priest officiates at a funeral for their young daughter. They stand with a few mourners at the graveside; together they clutch a white rose.
Things are not as they seem. While his wife Ethel (Mimi Kuzyk – “The Day After Tomorrow”) waits in the sanctuary, rose at her side, the husband, Frederic (Henry Czerny – “Ready or Not”), sits with the priest, Fr. Graham (Nigel Bennett – “The shape of Water”), in another room. Here, we discover that Frederic was once a priest, who gave up his vocation for the love of Ethel. This is only the beginning of the surprises in this somber, methodical story, filmed in black and white. (CONTINUED)