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The River You Step In

The River You Step In 350 482 Forest City Film Festival

Description: “When a young First Nations client dies after being committed to police custody, social worker Stevie struggles to keep the troubled people she encounters away from the system she no longer trusts. Opening her East End Toronto home as a safe haven for people ‘at risk’ – George, an ex-con and chronic gambler, Tracy, a down and out musician, and Mina, a battered wife – Stevie tries to mend some broken lives, but she masks her own issues by burying herself in theirs. “I’d say get a life,” says her paramedic boyfriend Ben, “but you already have more than one!”

Stevie struggles as her personal issues intersect with the messy lives of her clients, while Ben, her former police detective colleague Gabe, and her co-worker, family lawyer Inez, all do their best to cope with Stevie’s loving but conflicted interactions with the needy strangers in her midst.

Only when she defends Mina against her abusive husband Karl is Stevie confronted with the real dangers of crossing professional boundaries.”

SWO Connection: The two actresses are from London, Ontario, and the Cinematographer is from St Catharines, Ontario.

Run Time: 1:40:43 min