Synopsis: Sandra Larson has always been fascinated by the entire sensory experience surrounding death: its touch, smell and look. As a child, she would search out dead animals and perform ritualistic burials. As a young woman, Sandra gets a job at Wallis Funeral Home, first as a general assistant, then progressing to study to become an embalmer. At the funeral home, she begins to take her fascination with death to the next level by becoming a necrophiliac. But she also begins her first ever relationship with Matt, a medical student, with who she is totally open about her necrophilia. He finds this aspect of her compelling. He becomes all consumed with her as she is consumed with dead people. The questions become how far he will take this fascination with her to understand fully what is going through her emotional being, how far she will allow him to go, and how far can her feelings for him extend as a live being.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Lynne Stopkewich
Production: British Columbia Films
  7 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
78 min

When you die, your life flashes...

and you disintegrate, radiating energy.

When a thing turns into its opposite,

when love becomes hate...

there are always sparks.

But when life turns into death...

it's explosive.

There are streaks of light...

magical and electrifying.

Everyone senses something,

some energy, some spirit...

some sort of illumination.

But I see it.

I've seen bodies shining like stars.

Some say there's no soul. No afterlife.

But life, like death,

is the straightest line on the compass.

And nothing more.

I say believe what you want.

Because no matter what you do,

cut everything up, burn it all down...

you're in the path

of something beyond your control.

I've always been fascinated by death.

The feel of it, the smell of it...

and the stillness.

I shroud the body. Shroud the body.

Shroud little sparrow with broken wing.

I lower the body. Lower the body.

I enter the night. Enter the night.

The anointment.


Come on, guys, two minutes in the closet.

Carol was my first real friend.

She said she could see in the dark...

and talk to spirits and ghosts.

Puss-puss, what you got?

It's a mouse.


- Let's bury him.

- Okay.

Carry the body. Carry the body.

We carry the body.

- Let's bow our heads in prayer.

- All right.

For what we are about to receive,

may the Lord make us truly thankful. Amen.

That's grace.

It's religious, that's all that matters.

Come on.

- You're leaving already?

- Yeah.


All summer long, we'd find dead animals...

shroud their bodies, chant, and bury them.

All by daylight.

After dark, I'd go back

and give them a proper burial.

It's a chipmunk.

- What's that?

- Baby chipmunks.

They're dead.

What'll we do with them?

We'll have a special ceremony.

And please, dear God, who art in heaven...

take care of the chipmunks.

In power and in glory,

thy kingdom come. Amen.

- What are you doing?

- What does it look like? Come on!

Oh, no, I hurt it.

I must have squeezed it too hard.



Oh, boy.

Mom said Carol's mother had phoned

and was very upset.

She said I had made her do

some sort of witchcraft dance out there.

Mom told me to stay away from Carol.

She said I was a lady now.

I never played with Carol again.

And for the first time

I saw myself the way others might.

I would like you all

to pay attention to the technique.

We start the incision from the abdomen, up.

Sandra Larson?

Do you have a problem with this?


It's dead. Doesn't feel a thing.

Now we continue the process

by exposing major organs.

As you can see,

the heart is protected by the rib cage.

Cutting into the body

seemed dangerous and destructive.

But I had to get inside...

see the order...

understand the perfection.

Larson's Flowers.

Yeah, gladiolas are no problem.

We can deliver by 2:00. All right.


The Valley Forge...

and of course, the Monaco.

No, that can't be right.

God damn it.

Mr. Wallis? Hi.

Is it that time already?

Quick, follow me.

Anywhere is fine. The family is going

to rearrange them all anyway.

That's good. Now if you'll excuse me,

I have some work to do.

I'd like to work here.


I need a job.

I overheard you talking with Dad.

I'm really sorry about your assistant.

- Well, Sandra...

- The flower shop was just to help out.

- I have my chauffeur's license.

- Oh, I see.

What do you know about funerals?

What is there to know?

And here we have the office,

the showroom...

- three slumber rooms for viewing.

- Three?

Oh, yes. Remember that bus wreck

last summer? It was crazy.

But we managed to squeeze them all in.

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Angus Fraser

Angus Robert Charles Fraser MBE (born 8 August 1965) is currently Middlesex County Cricket Club's managing director of cricket, and a former English cricketer and journalist. In February 2014, Fraser was made an England selector.Fraser played in forty-six Test matches and forty-two One Day Internationals for England. Cricket commentator Colin Bateman, in typical understatement, commented that Fraser was "a reliable, intelligent and hard-working bowler". more…

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