In brief: Based on the final novel by the late, great Canadian novelist Carol Shields. An accomplished writer and translator, Reta Winters is blindsided and flummoxed by the recent actions of her eldest daughter, Norah. For no discernible reason, Norah has dropped out of university and now spends her days panhandling on the sidewalk outside of Toronto landmark Honest Ed's. The cardboard sign she affixes to her chest features only one word: GOODNESS. Reta fears losing her connection to her daughter, but is it possible Norah is seeking some way of reconnecting to the world? Over the course of Unless we come to understand the complex emotional histories of Reta and Norah. The former is a middle-aged woman for whom language is the key to comprehending life, the latter a young woman who has lost her faith in the ability of language, the academy, and society in general to imbue her life with meaning. Ramblings: Get to the point! But the movie never did. A tedious hour and a half.