Bye Bye Blues

Critically acclaimed feature drama about a mother of two, Daisy, who returns home to Alberta at the start of World War II. There she learns her husband has been captured by the Japanese. To make ends meet, she joins a dance band as a singer, only to be faced with a multitude of personal dilemmas: a new life and a romance with a talented trombone player. But just when Daisy is enjoying the fruits of her independence, two crucial events occur: the ensemble is offered a national radio contract and her husband suddenly returns home. Daisy must decide which is more important: her burgeoning career or her responsibilities as a wife and mother.

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Review by Bruce Kirkland

 

"Bye Bye Blues is a gentle, easygoing, laid-back picture that is at its best when evoking mood and feeling. Writer-director Anne Wheeler is especially good at vividly evoking Canada's harsh winters and the hard life of poor folks in a small town."
Chris Hicks, Deseret News

With admirable style, restraint, and realism, this Canadian film charts Daisy's struggle for independence and the emotional battering she undergoes during Teddy's long absence. Rebecca Jenkins beautifully conveys Daisy's tentative steps into a man's world, the mental anguish she feels never knowing for sure whether her husband is dead or alive, and the surprising pleasure she takes away from performing.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

Genie Awards 1990
Best Original Song - Bill Henderson
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Rebecca Jenkins
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Robyn Stevan
Genie Awards 1990 Nominations
Best Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design - John Blackie
Best Achievement in Costume Design - Maureen Hiscox
Best Achievement in Direction - Anne Wheeler
Best Achievement in Film Editing - Christopher Tate
Best Achievement in Overall Sound - Paul Massey, Peter Kelly, Garrell Clark
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Best Motion Picture - Arvi Liimatainen, Anne Wheeler
Best Original Screenplay - Anne Wheeler
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Michael Ontkean
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Wayne Robson

Critic's Award, Houston Film Festival 1990
Best Performance, Seattle Film Fest, 1990
Best Feature/Art Design/Sound, A.M.P.I.A. 1990
Opening Film, Washington International Film Fest, 1990
Gala Screening Festival of Festivais, Toronto, 1990