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294 Ratings

The Stairs

Directed by Hugh Gibson
Canada, 2016


Three people use their experiences surviving decades of drug use and sex work to help their community. Told over five years, their surprising stories reveal a world often misunderstood.

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The Stairs Directed by Hugh Gibson
Applying a style that is equal parts Errol Morris and Allan King, Gibson combines free observation with direct testimony to produce a vital document of a culture all around us.
August 21, 2018
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Gibson’s humanity turns incredibly intimate moments of confessions and drug use into revelatory and relatable insights into not only addiction but also loneliness, trauma and hope. Delicately but without forced sentimentality, Gibson connects these three wildly different and yet similarly troubled people through their difficult but relentless search for happiness.
August 03, 2018
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In its presentation, The Stairs retains the educational roots of its inception, so much so that the film’s assemblage of talking head interviews and observational reportage could easily be mistaken for being purely functional. . . . Without any supposedly expert voices interceding into the realities depicted, Gibson appears to afford his subjects agency over how they’re shown.
April 12, 2018
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