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You Can Live Forever


World Premiere

FEATURE | Canada | 96 MINUTES | English, French | English subtitles



In the early 1990s, queer teenager Jaime is sent to live with her devout Jehovah’s Witness relatives after the death of her father. Early on Jaime makes an unexpected connection with Marike, the daughter of a prominent Witness elder. The two are instantly drawn to each other, and begin a secret, unspoken relationship. But when their attraction becomes too obvious to hide, the community moves to separate the two, forcing them each to make a terrible choice between faith and love.

Montreal filmmakers Sarah Watts and Mark Slutsky join forces on their debut feature to share this thoughtful and relatable story of forbidden romance and the intensity of first love. Anwen O’Driscoll and June Laporte play the compelling couple, gifting us with some standout scenes of queer bliss. While Marike seems tortured and incapable of commitment, our loyalties lie with O’Driscoll’s characterization of Jaime, who imbues the role with an unapologetic attitude that is worth the watch.--Lucy Mukerjee

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Directed by Mark Slutsky and Sarah Watts

Sarah Watts and Mark Slutsky are a writer and director team from Montreal. Mark’s previous film work has shown at festivals like Tribeca and TIFF; he’s also an award-winning video game writer. Sarah’s previous work has shown at Slamdance. When not making films, she works as a sports writer and editor. 

Sarah Watts, Mark Slutsky
Robert Vroom
Sarah Watts, Mark Slutsky
Gayle Ye
Amélie Labrèche
Production Designer
André Chamberland
Executive Producer
John Christou
Associate Producer
Barbara Rosenstein
Anwen O'Driscoll, June Laporte, Liane Balaban, Deragh Campbell, Tim Campbell, Antoine Yared, Hasani Freeman


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