Tru Love: A love story involving three women whose hearts crack open


Kate Johnston and Shauna MacDonald’s Tru Love is a beautiful film that explores love, loss and vulnerability through examining the intertwined relationships of a mother, daughter and a friend. The film involves a stellar cast, beautiful cinematography by director of photography Maya Bankovic, and an evocative soundtrack.

Tru Love is set in Toronto and revolves around a recently bereaved wife and daughter, and their relationship with a 37-year old commitment-phobic lesbian called Tru (Shauna MacDonald). The tensions between these characters start to develop when Alice (Kate Trotter) comes to town to visit her daughter, Suzanne (Christine Horne). However, Suzanne is busy working towards gaining partnership in a law firm, is unable to spend time with her mother when she arrives and seems to have difficulty spending time with her mother. Tru steps in to help out her friend and she ends up keeping Alice, Suzanne’s mother, company.

While spending time together, Alice and Tru slowly develop a strong attraction and connection. But, as their relationship develops, Suzanne (who finds it difficult to express her emotions) begins to obstruct its development and forbids Tru from spending time with her mother. Alice is forced to investigate why, finally exposing the reasons why Suzanne is struggling with their blossoming relationship.

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Barriers of age, sexual orientation, confusion and grief are overcome in the beautifully shot Tru Love. Even though Tru Love was made on a budget of only $100,000, the film easily engages audiences because of the stellar performances by all actors, including the supporting performances of Alexander Chapman (Tru’s best friend) and Peter MacNeill (Alice’s husband), who are all extremely well cast.

Tru teaches Alice about living life to its fullest and that life is the most precious gift of all. Alice, committed to following her heart, still manages to be a mother to her daughter who is struggling with her emotions and being true to her feelings. This is perhaps illustrated in one of the best quotes in the film from Alice who explains: “Finding yourself. Losing yourself. It’s all the same in the end.”

The film is presented by TomGirl Films and has been signed a distribution deal with Wolfe to release in the US and Peccadillo Pictures in the UK.

Check out the trailer of Tru Love.

Directed by: Kate Johnston, Shauna MacDonald. Producer: Kate Johnston, Shauna MacDonald. Written by: Kate Johnston, Shauna MacDonald. Starring: Shauna MacDonald, Kate Trotter, Christine Horne, Peter MacNeill, Rachael Ancheril. Cinematography: Maya Bankovic. Production company: TomGirl Films. Release date(s): October 4, 2013. Country: Canada. Language: . Budget: Unknown. Duration: 87 minutes.

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