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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Randy Guest
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 12 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2013
Available in French: No

The Lady in Grey is a short experimental film adapted from the folktale “Milk Mother”. 
 
The film takes place in a small prairie town near the beginning of the 20th century where a mysterious woman, clad in grey, her sad expression filled with longing, suddenly appears in the town’s general store. The storeowner, without being asked to do so, and for reasons he cannot comprehend, offers the woman three bottles of milk. This exchange repeats itself over the next three days. After the third visit, the storekeeper and three of his friends follow the Lady in Grey in an attempt to solve the mystery of who she is and why she needs the milk.
 
What follows is a haunting exploration of the limitless resolve of a mother’s love and the subsequent fate of her child. 
 
The film does not simply adapt the tale, but rather the storytelling partners with a filmic representation of the tale. The storytelling serves as the narrative device, in essence – the script – while the accompanying visuals help bring the story to life in a unique hybrid genre of filmmaking.