"[Patricia] Rozema's films are fundamentally optimistic, especially against the backdrop of an Anglo-Canadian tradition infamous for its dour worldview. Indeed, she has said of several films that she initially wrote them far darker than she eventually filmed them. This is not to say that her films do not tackle distressing and difficult topics, but that they never leave audiences with the feeling that there is no way out."
-- David L. Pike
Pike, David L. Canadian Cinema since the 1980s: At the Heart of the World. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012. (p.81)