Heather Young's Murmur Movie Review

Heather Young’s Murmur (2019) explores aging, addiction, loneliness, and the emotional pull of the animal-connection, through one woman’s experience while working in an animal shelter for court-mandated community service. This first full-length feature film directed by Young (Fish) won the FIPRESCI Discovery Prize at TIFF 2019 and the Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance 2020. The work extends a 6-minute short Young created in 2014, called Howard and Jean, that centered on the relationship between an older lady (Young’s mother) and a small chihuahua.

Shot in a style Young describes as a hybrid between documentary and fiction, with unscripted dialogue, nonprofessional actors often playing versions of themselves, and an unhurried pace, Murmur lets the viewer be free to observe and respond to Donna’s story without direct guidance. And make no mistake; Donna’s story evokes a response.

Read the full review at Elements of Madness ...