Hateship, Loveship

Directed by: Liza Johnson
Written by: Mark Poirier
Produced by: Dylan Sellers, Cassian Elwes
Original release: April 11, 2014
World premiere: September 9, 2013 at the Toronto International Film Festival
Running time: 104 minutes
Kristen Wiig as: Johanna Parry
Other cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Guy Pearce, Nick Nolte


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Johanna Parry is a profoundly shy, unadorned woman who is hired by Mr. McCauley as a housekeeper and a primary caregiver to his granddaughter Sabitha. Despite her outgoing nature, Sabitha carries wounds from the death of her mother years before, complicated by the circumstances of that death for which her grandfather still blames her father, Ken, a hapless recovering drug addict with a certain ragged charm. In an act of mean-spirited rebellion, Sabitha uses technology to foster a pseudo-relationship between Johanna and her father, never dreaming of the potential harm to either party. Sabitha doesn’t understand that Johanna is not a demure cut-out, but rather a woman for whom the phrase “still waters run deep” could have been coined. The young girl’s interference provokes Johanna to indulge in something long missing from her life: the dream of a future and a home of her own.