Based on Michael Ignatieff?s Booker Prize Nominated Novel Daniel?s mother Mora, a once gifted visual artist who inexplicably gave up painting years before, is diagnosed with Alzheimer?s. Stalled in his own filmmaking career, at the age his mother gave up painting, Daniel searches for answers in his family?s past.
A family gathers around the farmhouse kitchen table, sharing stories and laughs over dinner. Sitting at the table, Mora recalls a family holiday in Antigonish. Her husband groans. Not that story again. The conversation shifts as Alex and their two grown sons, Nick and Daniel, share a joke. Suddenly, Mora begins retelling exactly the same story about Antigonish, apparently unaware she had already done so. Her husband and sons exchange glances, their faces betraying grave concern.
Although she is unaware of it, Mora has Alzheimer?s disease, the brain disorder that causes early senility and memory loss. Once a brilliant visual artist, a painter who captured vivid images of life with her brush, she inexplicably gave it up. Since then, she has drifted though her days, a shadow of her former self. Later that night, Mora overhears her husband and sons discussing a plan to send her for tests. Nick, prominent neurologist, assures his father and brother that he?ll take care of everything.
The agonizing strain of a mother afflicted with Alzheimer?s weighs heavily on the entire family as they struggle with fear, frustration and loss. As Mora?s condition rapidly deteriorates, Daniel questions whether the disease has been passed on to him, and in turn, to his own son. Did his mother?s fear of Alzheimer?s cause her to abandon her art 20 years earlier Has that same fear taken hold of Daniel, causing him to stop making films?
Daniel is desperate to find the answers. But he must race against the clock, as he feels his mother slipping through his fingers.