Even as an adult, there is never a good time to lose a parent. More challenging is losing a mother unexpectedly on the heels of a falling out. This experience is the basis for the new film Mouthpiece, which is based on a Canadian two-woman show of the same name, starring the two actresses, Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava, who created the play together. There’s a twist, though. The story approaches the idea that in socialization, there are multiple aspects inside every woman; the one that follows rules, the one that takes the heat, the one that suffers in silence, the one with a chip on her shoulder, and so on. These aspects blend together, as none are exclusively one-dimensional, but they exist so women can live in relative safety while walking through the world. Because it’s exhausting to be a girl, yo.

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