Of all the most reliable subjects for drama, family is the most reliable. After all, unlike friends or coworkers, you don’t get to choose family, and that extra level of tether adds stakes to any situation. We’re All In This Together is a good example of this fact, bringing together a pair of estranged twins, an underaged sister in a relationship with an older man, and a mother who went over a waterfall in a barrel. Literally, not figuratively.
The film juggles these three main threads to mixed results. On the one hand, the performances are all good; on the other, none get the deep dive they deserve. The real story here, though, is Katie Boland, who does triple duty, not only writing and directing but starring as twin sisters Nicki and Finn.
Boland brings real texture to each of her performances, with each of them being distinct and believable. Some of the scenes that she ends up sharing with herself feel a little bit stiff -it’s not only difficult to act against yourself, but the editing gets a little jarring- but the performances are still on point.
While the resulting film might not be perfect, it is exactly the kind of film that makes festivals exciting, and it’s definitely worth your time.
We’re All In This Together played as part of the 2021 Whistler Film Festival. It plays again online from December 12th to 31st.
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