Hannah is about to have her third miscarriage. Working as a social worker at the Mission to Seafarers, she discovers a stowaway drifting aimlessly in the harbor, and decides to give the young man shelter in a decommissioned, cold war era nuclear fallout bunker that is being redesigned by her partner Antonia to serve as an archive dedicated to hagiographic graphology (the study of the saints through their handwriting). Hannah then retreats to a secluded cottage deep in the woods to confront pain and illumination alone.
Gravity and Grace uses strange- ly-stripped down abandoned interiors fashioned through a series of meticulously and precisely constructed frames, which quickly draw you in to a haunting world of photographic landscapes. The impressionistic aspect of this luminous series of compositions is worthy of greats such as Bela Tarr and Andrei Tarkovsky. Winnipeg-Montréal-Halifax filmmaker Solomon Nagler brings an intuitive elegance to a modern-day tale of characters adrift. His use of imposing Nova Scotia landmarks, including the Halifax grain elevators and the legendary Cold War underground retreat in Debert, adds a definitely unique and imposing dimension to this already singular cinematic experience.