95 Min

A poignant commentary on both accepting mortality and coming-of-age, JUNIPER unveils a ‘positively thrilling’ performance from Oscar-nominated actress Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, Stardust Memories, Broadchurch) along with remarkable skill from emerging New Zealand talent George Ferrier. Seventeen-year-old Sam has been on a self-destructive spiral that could lead to his death. He returns home to rural New Zealand from boarding school to find his wheelchair-bound English grandmother, Ruth has moved in. Ruth is a hard-drinking ex-war photographer with a lust for life and a love of the bottle. Sam soon finds himself profoundly confronted by her alcoholic wit and chutzpah. Their first meeting is awkward; their second violent. Things get worse when Sam finds himself stranded alone with her and her nurse Sarah for the school holidays. Both strong-willed characters, a battle of supremacy ensues, enabling Sam to embrace life again and for Ruth to face her mortality. The sensitive character-driven drama, from first-time feature film director Matthew Saville, showcases a striking and compelling relationship between Grandmother and Grandson with touches of dark humour that will resonate with both young and old.

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Fri 19 Aug