Ace of Cups

Vivienne leaves behind everything and everyone she knows in South Africa to establish a new life in Canada. Paris was her first choice. However, after the considerable financial stability, she needed to secure a permanent residency in France, she leaned on her Aunt Elsie and Uncle Jim, who live in rural Ontario, as sponsors for her adventure.

Ace of Cups

Vivienne leaves behind everything and everyone she knows in South Africa to establish a new life in Canada. Paris was her first choice. However, after the considerable financial stability, she needed to secure a permanent residency in France, she leaned on her Aunt Elsie and Uncle Jim, who live in rural Ontario, as sponsors for her adventure.

Armed with an iron-clad plan on working as a lawyer in the new country, she is met with resistance, complications and regulations at every turn. Then, surprisingly, in an unguarded moment, she meets up with Hudson, a farm boy close to her in age. Against her better judgment, Hudson leaves his then-girlfriend and dates Vivienne. The more intimate the relationship between Hudson and Vivienne gets, the more withdrawn she becomes. A new friend, Heidi, deals with fraud at her firm and faces constructive dismissal, which starts to grey the once rainbow aspirations of the corporate world for Vivienne.

Unable to secure a position in her field, Vivienne lands a job as a cosmetics counter associate. She is sent to New York City for training. Unfortunately, the training is cut short due to a snowstorm, and she returns unexpectedly early to find that her worst fear has come true. The next day, Vivienne breaks off her engagement with Hudson and leaves him without explanation.

Through her networking skills, Vivienne gets promoted to a marketing intern at the head office for the cosmetics company in Toronto. Loving the independent life and with increased financial freedom, Vivienne maxes out her credit cards, just to be laid off with an almost empty fridge due to the 2008 recession. Again, with all avenues to secure a position in her field closed, Vivienne reads through her journal entries and recalls the traumatic suicide of her high school friend. These journal entries trigger the events of her own life of danger and fear before moving to Canada.

With Heidi's wedding mere months away, Vivienne devises a plan to make ends meet and start over, once again. In the end, with the help of an eccentric librarian and a trusty tarot reader, Vivienne recognizes that her value is not determined by her career or her degree. Although a work in progress, she allows herself to feel the emotions she learned to suppress throughout her life.