By Design

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By Design
By design movie poster 1982.jpg
Directed by Claude Jutra
Written by Claude Jutra
Joe Wiesenfeld
David Eames
Starring Sara Botsford
Patty Duke Astin
Clare Coulter
Saul Rubinek
Release date
  • 1982 (1982)
Country Canada

By Design is a 1982 Canadian comedy-drama film directed by Claude Jutra and starring Sara Botsford and Patty Duke Astin.


Angie (Sara Botsford), and Helen (Patty Duke Astin), are in love and they live and work together - they design women's clothes and run their own fashion business in Vancouver. Helen wants to be a mother. Angie loves Helen and if Helen can't feel fulfilled without a child she is willing for them to become parents.


The film was favourably reviewed by the critic Pauline Kael in The New Yorker : " a buoyant, quirky sex comedy..the director takes a look around the whole modern supermarket of sex. By Design takes in the bars and beach houses, fast food restaurants and discos, and the sexual patterns of those who inhabit them..Jutra has a light understated approach to farce. His sensibility suggests a mingling of Tati and Truffaut. The scenes are quick and they're dippy, but with a pensive, melancholy underlay." [1]

All four of the film's stars received Genie Award nominations at the 4th Genie Awards: Rubinek as Best Actor, Botsford as Best Actress, Coulter as Best Supporting Actress and Astin as Foreign Actress.


  1. ^ Pauline Kael reprinted in Taking It All In p.421-424

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