In The Waves

In The Waves (2017)


Director: Jacquelyn Mills

Running time: 60 minutes

Year: 2017

Genre: Documentary

Language: English

2017 Atlantic International Film Festival, Canada  - Best Documentary, Best Editor

2017 New Hampshire International Film Festival, USA - Grand Jury Prize

2017 Montréal International Documentary Film Festival (RIDM), Canada - Best Canadian Medium Length Film

2017 Visions du Réel, Switzerland

2017 Camden International Film Festival, USA

2017 Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada 

2017 Pravo Ljudski Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina

2018 MDFF, Cinema Scope and TIFF Lightbox Series, Canada

2018 Rendez-vous du cinema québecois, Canada

2018 Northwest Film Forum Seattle Film Festival, USA

2018 Halifax Independent Film Festival, Canada

In the Waves is an expressive documentary that depicts the life of 80 years old Joan Alma Mills in her aging coastal village. Following the death of her younger sister, Joan finds herself confronted by the fragility of life. As she tries to come to terms with her loss Joan searches for meaning in the natural world around her. Weaving intimate thoughts with lyrical imagery, In the Waves was crafted by Joan’s granddaughter Jacquelyn Mills. In essence, the film is an intergenerational love-letter, an ebb and flow between dream and reality, past and present, a glimpse of childhood and an encounter with the end-of-life.

“In the Waves has a delicate, tranquil beauty, absorbing all of Cape Breton’s natural splendour into its fluid montage.”
— Cinema Scope
“An intimate transmission of wisdom between filmmaker, subject and all those who seek solace from mortality in the natural world.”
— Nonfics
“Jacquelyn Mills’ portrait of her grandmother is a ruminative commentary on family legacy and the passing of time.”
— The ARTery
“Life / Dreamlife / Afterlife : being a one-person crew, living in the present moment, making your grandmother your star.”
— TIFF Blog