Some Things That Stay

Some Things That Stay
Katie Boland

Katie Boland

Screen Time: 95%
Role: Tamara Anderson
Age: 15 years old
Megan Park

Megan Park

Screen Time: 35%
Role: Brenda Murphy
Age: 17 years old
Tatum Knight

Tatum Knight

Screen Time: 55%
Role: Megan Anderson
Age: 8 years old


Some Things That Stay

Rating: 9 (5 votes)
Directed: Gail Harvey
Country: Canada
Language: English
Genre: Coming of Age


“Some Things That Stay” is a witty, compelling, quietly defiant female coming of age story set in 1954. Tamara Anderson’s unconventional family move every year, in support of her father, a painter. Her mother contracts tuberculosis and has to move to a sanatorium while her Father has to leave on a business trip. Tamara (Katie Boland) is left alone to care for her younger siblings. She develops a special relationship with the mother of the ‘dead boy’ who died in her bed and also experiences first love with the neighborhood boy (Kevin Zegers). “Some Things That Stay” is painfully honest with a profound understanding of adolescent longing, family dynamics, love and loss.

Movie Reviews

It’s refreshing to see adolescents portrayed as complex human beings and not reduced to sex-starved cartoons. While Some Things That Stay has its charms and the storyline is engaging, director Harvey doesn’t cut deep enough in this drama. The family has problems but is far from dysfunctional.

The bohemian Andersons stand out from their Christian neighbours but don’t suffer as much alienation as you’d expect. Mother’s tuberculosis threatens her family’s stability but doesn’t feel like a crisis. Another problem is that Katie Boland can’t quite carry Tamara’s role as the angsty adolescent and is often overpowered by Megan Park playing her friend. In the end, Some Things That Stay feels unresolved.