On My Own

Institute History

  • 1993 Sundance Film Festival


On My Own appears to be a maturation story, but is actually much more. At a prestigious boys' boarding school, fifteen-year-old Simon Henderson deals with soccer, camaraderie, and his awakening sexuality. In the process he runs into life's most unforgiving truth: bad things happen to good people.

In this shivery and honest story, we meet Simon as he is leaving school for Christmas break – a vacation that will temporarily reunite him with his estranged parents. His beautiful, enigmatic mother has come from England, and his remote. businesslike father, from Hong Kong. When his father meets him at the station, Simon learns that his mother has had a breakdown and is in the hospital. Unwilling to believe his mother is sick, Simon blames his father for the family's trouble. After he returns to school, Simon's mother visits unexpectedly. They spend the night in a shabby hotel. and Simon finally experiences his mother's strange world of suffering.

In an extremely provocative performance, Judy Davis is terrifying and tender. She draws us into a world which is strange, but intensely real—so real it becomes surreal.

Saturday Jan 23 Noon
Prospector Square Theatre

Sunday Jan 24 4:30 pm
Sundance Screening Room

Sunday Jan 31 8:30 pm
Holiday Village Cinema III


— Catherine Schulman

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