Skip to main content
Classics and discoveries from around the world, thematically programmed with special features, on a streaming service brought to you by the Criterion Collection.
Directed by Reed Harkness • 2022 • United States
Sam Harkness was fourteen years old when his mother, Jois, abruptly disappeared. Tracking cryptic clues of her whereabouts years later, Sam and his half brother—director Reed Harkness, who has been making short films with Sam since childhood—head out on a West Coast road trip to try to find her. But solving the mystery of Jois’s disappearance is only the beginning. What unfolds is a remarkable emotional journey that gradually reveals the ripple effects of trauma across generations of the Harkness family. Stitching together twenty-five years of home movies and filling the gaps in the archive with play, SAM NOW is a vibrant mosaic of love, longing, and loss, as well as a deeply empathetic attempt at healing.