Finn's Girl

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  88 min.
Release Date: June 6, 2008 (limited)

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Cast: Brooke Johnson, Richard Clarkin, Yanna McIntosh, Maya Ritter, Chantel Cole, Andrew Chalmers


Dr. Finn Jefferies (Brooke Johnson) is a thoroughly modern lesbian––far too feisty and happy to ever bother hiding her sexuality. Her family is pure 21st century: two mothers, two careers and a kid. Nothing had ever rocked Finn's passionate, committed life until the untimely death of her beloved longterm partner, Nancy. In shock, Finn can barely cope. As she flounders in her grief, she takes risks that jeopardize her relationship with the only person she really loves––their daughter, eleven–year–old Zelly Bean (Maya Ritter).

Finn is clearly not comfortable in her new role on the domestic front. She loves Zelly deeply, but her demanding career has put her wildly out of touch with her maternal instincts. Consumed by her work and by a rebound fling with a much younger woman, Finn is oblivious to Zelly's latest attention–seeking antics––shoplifting, smoking dope and skipping school.

As Zelly acts out, Finn also faces losing her medical career. A brilliant gynecologist, she heads up a research laboratory that develops new fertility drugs for major pharmaceutical companies. When her most recent clinical trial reveals troubling health risks for female participants, Finn chooses to walk away from the trials, rather than endangering lives. Paul Jimenez (Richard Clarkin), one of Finn's colleagues and also Zelly's father, takes over Finn's lab and continues the testing. Paul not only dismisses Finn's complaints as overly cautious, he criticizes how Finn is handling Zelly and threatens to take custody of his daughter.

Finn's emotional and professional struggles are continually underscored by the amusing misadventures of Zelly and her best friends Eve (Chantel Cole) and Max (Andrew Chalmers). As the trio of kids grapple with their emerging sexualities, Zelly finally discovers the astonishing identity of her true biological parents.

  Canadian Connection: Filmed in Toronto with a mostly Canadian cast.

Director: Dominique Cardona, Laurie Colbert
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Carolynne Bell, Paul Lee, Dominique Cardona, Laurie Colbert
Screenplay: Laurie Colbert
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