Frameline 46 Review: “You Can Live Forever” Directed by Sarah Watts and Mark Slutsky

The crisp, picturesque Canadian seaside is the perfect backdrop for this poignant but tender drama—which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival—in which religious repression is no match for the purity and passion of young love. After her father passes away, teenage Jaime (Anwen O’Driscoll) is sent to live with her aunt and uncle, devout Jehovah’s Witnesses in Saguenay, Quebec.

While welcomed lovingly, she is required to abide by the restrictions of their religious community, regardless of her status as a nonbeliever. A typical teen with streaks of angst and rebellion and an easy confidence in her sexuality, she manages to strike a balance between cutting class and smoking weed with her classmate Nate (Hasani Freeman) and attending church meetings and service missions with Marike (June Laporte), a teen Witness who fully embraces “The Truth”—a faith in which those who choose to leave are treated as if they have died. But what starts as a tender friendship between the two girls quickly evolves into an intimate—and forbidden—affair that is destined to upturn both of their lives.

This film screens at New Parkway JUNE 22, 2022 6:00 PM — 7:41 PM

And streams online JUNE 24, 2022 12:01 AM — JUNE 30, 2022 11:59 PM