Blaise and Nessa are outcast methadone users in their small town. Tethered to one another, each day they push a rusty lawnmower door-to-door begging to cut grass. Nessa plots an escape, while Blaise lingers closer to collapse. 


Year: 2016
Country: Canada
Runtime: 78 mins
Image: HD, Color, 1.77:1
Sound: 5.1
Distribution: Factory 25

Watch: MubiiTunes, CBC, TIFF, Kanopy, Amazon


Writer/Director/Editor:  Ashley McKenzie
Producers: Nelson MacDonald, Ashley McKenzie
Starring: Bhreagh MacNeil, Andrew Gillis  
Cinematography: Scott Moore
Production Design: Michael Pierson
Costume Design: Kathleen Darling, Maggie MacCormick
Sound Design: Andreas Mendritzki
Music: Youth Haunts


2016 Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
2016 Atlantic Film Festival, Canada (Winner Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor)
2016 Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada
2016 Festival du nouveau cinéma, Canada (Winner Grand Prix FOCUS QC/Canada)
2017 Berlin International Film Festival, Germany
2017 Glasgow International Film Festival, Scotland
2017 Maryland Film Festival, USA
2017 New Hampshire Film Festival, USA
2017 Indielisboa Film Festival, Portugal
2017 Buenos Aires Int’l Festival of Independent Cinema, Argentina
2017 Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico
2017 Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, Brazil
2017 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Taiwan


"McKenzie fuses a documentary-like observational precision with a creative imagination that endows her characters’ struggles with a quietly monumental grandeur."


"Werewolf is a humanistic and stylistic triumph."

THE playlist

"an intoxicating first feature from a rising filmmaker."

THE village voice

"McKenzie’s use of cinematic language is savvy and novel."


"The performers don’t seem like they’re acting at all, which contributes to the film’s unsettling power."

rolling stone france

"The New Ken Loach is in Canada."