What Remains tackles complex relationships in a family where the recklessness of youth collides with the uncertainty of aging. As one young relationship cements its roots, another nears its end. Gentle and conversational, this is a story about an unkind truth of love.
Writer/director: Eva Madden
Producer: Rebecca Sharratt
Eva Madden says:
“”Wise men say only fools rush in.” And with this headstrong enthusiasm, What Remains begins. In this film I am exploring the obligations of love and unforeseen loss through illness, inside the confines of an aging marriage.
Through the prism of a soon-to-be-married young woman, we explore her grandparents decaying relationship, now suffering in the grip of dementia. Her bitter grandmother is no longer the wife by her husband’s side, his love, and his partner. Instead, she’s become his mother and nursemaid. Soon she will be a stranger to him, just as he has become to her. Despite her loneliness and resentment she continues to care for him, day in and day out. Her love is failing but her sense of obligation is deep seated.
Who knows what life has in store for us when we commit to the idea of forever. What would you do if you found yourself caring for a partner you no longer love? With no easy answers, What Remains attempts to open that conversation.”
About Eva Madden
Hailing from St. John’s, Newfoundland, and now living in Halifax, Eva Madden is a versatile filmmaker, working in both drama and documentary. She studied filmmaking at Montreal’s Concordia University.
In 2012 Eva was chosen as the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative filmmaker in residence where she produced and directed her film Pose. In 2011, Eva was also selected for the prestigious Creative Women Workshops Association’s Women In The Director’s Chair workshop in Banff with her feature film project, Top of the World.
Also in 2011, her self-produced Super 8 experimental short, Fast Forward In Reverse, toured Newfoundland and Labrador as part of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival 5th Annual Films On the Go Tour. Eva co-wrote and directed the CBC television documentary Winter Wave Riders, exploring winter surfing in Nova Scotia, and What Remains was the recipient of the 2009 Film Nova Scotia Bridge Award making its international debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Women’s Film Festival.
In 2008, Eva was a finalist in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Pitch This! competition for her teen vampire adaptation Forever 15. In 2007, she wrote and directed the NSI Drama Prize film Eastern Shore. This surfing-inspired short film garnered the award for best original score at the Atlantic Film Festival and best film from the Nova Scotia Surf-Riders Association.
Eastern Shore was broadcast on CBC’s Canadian Reflections and Movieola: The Short Film Channel. Her first experimental short, Maximum 50 was screened at the 2006 Viewfinders International Film Festival for Youth and went on to win best direction and best editing at the 15th Annual Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative Film Festival. Maximum 50 also screened in Los Angeles, California, as part of Best of The Attack film series and was broadcast on the series finale for CBC ZeD.