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Ashgrove – Canadian Film Fest 2022

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Ashgrove – Canadian Film Fest 2022

Synopsis:
Set in the not-so-distant future, Dr. Jennifer Ashgrove – one of the world’s top scientists – is battling to find a cure to a crisis that affects the world’s water supply. As the weight of the world takes its toll, she retreats to the countryside with her husband in a bid to clear her mind. But their relationship is strained, and they soon realize that their ability to save their marriage will literally determine the fate of humankind itself.

A scientist trying to save humanity has to confront her troubled marriage in . In the not so distant future, a viral pandemic has made the world's water supply toxic to humans and Dr. Jennifer Ashgrove () is the scientist closest to finding a solution. However, the stress of the job becomes too much for Jennifer, who suffers an extended blackout and is advised by Dr. Lakeland () to take a few days off with her husband Jason (). While at their family farm, the couple are visited by friends Elliot () and Sammy () and long-buried tensions about Jennifer and Jason's marriage begin to rise to the surface.

Ashgrove is a drama directed by Jeremy LaLonde (James vs His Future Self) and written by LaLonde with stars Amanda Brugel (The Handmaid's Tale) and Jonas Chernick (James vs His Future Self). The film takes place in a world where humanity is coming close to extinction, thanks to a water pandemic that has claimed the lives of 60 million people. Dr. Jennifer Ashgrove seems to have found a solution, but ends up suffering from dissociative amnesia as a result of a stress-induced blackout. Under the advice of her doctor, Jennifer heads up to the country with her husband Jason for a few days, which results in the two having to come face-to-face with their already strained relationship.

Ashgrove is a bit of a change of direction for Jeremy LaLonde, being much more of a dramatic film than his earlier, more comedic efforts. The bulk of the film is driven primarily by Amanda Brugel and Jonas Chernick, with Brugel in particularly given a quite standout performance. While the plot does get a bit twisty in the third act, Ashgrove ends up being a quite solid pandemic-set relationship drama.

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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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