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All My Puny Sorrows

Director Michael McGowan
Year 2021
Run Time 100min
Genre Drama
Based on the 2014 best-selling novel by Miriam Toews, All My Puny Sorrows is the moving and poignant story of two sisters estranged from their Mennonite community who return home following the suicide of their father. Elfrieda (Gadon) is a successful concert pianist who suffers from severe depression and wants to end her life. Yolandi (Pill) is a writer who struggles to come to terms with her sister’s wishes, and makes profound discoveries about herself in the process. 

Featuring outstanding performances and a strong emotional core, Michael McGowan’s incredible adaptation explores the depths – and limits – of familial love in sealing the cracks of tragedy and trauma.


Michael McGowan

McGowan made his film debut as a writer, director and producer with My Dog Vincent, and directed Saint Ralph, One Week, Score: A Hockey Musical and Still Mine, which was named by TIFF as one of Canada’s Top 10 films in 2012. He recently directed TV shows Reign and Between and wrote the film The Etruscan Smile. His most recent film, All My Puny Sorrows, premiered at TIFF 2021.


Michael McGowan


Alison Pill, Donal Logue, Sarah Gadon, Mare Winningham


Michael McGowan, Tyler Levine, Patrice Theroux




Family Relationships, Strong Female Leads

Original Language


Canadian Distributor