The story begins in the present as unfolds along with scenes from the past about Edna (Martha Henry), a woman in a hospital who each day writes down her memories. Edna cannot (or will not) talk to her doctor, and nurses have to take care of her basic needs. Edna's hospital surroundings give way to the bright colours of her home life as her memories surface while she writes. She is a devoted housewife, an excellent cook, and in love with her husband Harry (Munro) who often compliments her on her cooking, fills their conversations with his life at work, and they seem quite normal if perhaps a little boring. But then something happens that will change Edna's attitude toward herself, resulting in a hospital stay, and her stubborn unwillingness to talk.
Genie Award for Best Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design - Lillian Sarafinchan - Won
Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Martha Henry - Won
Genie Award for Best Adapted Screenplay - Leon Marr - Won
Genie Award for Best Achievement in Direction - Leon Marr - Nominated
Genie Award for Best Motion Picture - Nominated - Anthony Kramreither
Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival Interfilm Award - Honorable Mention - Leon Marr - Won
Toronto International Film Festival Best Canadian Feature Film - Special Jury Citation - Martha Henry - Won