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The Waterdance (1992)

R | | Drama, Romance | 13 May 1992 (USA)
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A film about struggling to deal with paralysis. Author Joel Garcia breaks his neck while hiking, and finds himself in a rehabilitation centre with Raymond, an exaggerating ladies' man, and ... See full summary »

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Joel Garcia
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Anna
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Les
James Roach ...
Guy in the Electric Wheelchair
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Rosa
Henry Harris ...
Mr. Gibson
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Victor
Eva Rodriguez ...
Victor's Wife
Erick Vigil ...
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Edgar Rodriguez ...
Victor's Son
Angélica Castell ...
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Pat
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Alice
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A film about struggling to deal with paralysis. Author Joel Garcia breaks his neck while hiking, and finds himself in a rehabilitation centre with Raymond, an exaggerating ladies' man, and Bloss, a racist biker. Considerable tension builds as each character tries to deal with his new found handicap and the problems that go with it, especially Joel, whose lover Anna is having as difficult a time as he is. As Raymond reveals a dream about dancing on the surface of a lake to stay afloat, it becomes apparent that each of them must find his own Waterdance to survive his tragedy. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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Imagine being trapped inside your own body. Imagine being set free. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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13 May 1992 (USA)  »

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Horos se taragmena nera  »

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$2,700,000 (estimated)

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$1,723,319 (USA)
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Eric Stoltz spent three months in a wheelchair in preparation for his role in this movie, and stayed in the chair throughout filming as well. See more »

Quotes

[after Joel nearly crashes the van they're in]
Joel Garcia: Boy, he sure came out of nowhere, didn't he?
Sang: It's a good thing we're already paralyzed.
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References Ordinary People (1980) See more »

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Crackerjack
Performed by Earl and The Hoedowners
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Complex, powerful, moving
16 February 2001 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

_Waterdance_ explores a wide variety of aspects of the life of the spinally injured artfully. From the petty torments of faulty fluorescent lights flashing overhead to sexuality, masculinity and depression, the experience of disability is laid open.

The diversity of the central characters themselves underscores the complexity of the material examined - Joel, the writer, Raymond, the black man with a murky past, and Bloss, the racist biker. At first, these men are united by nothing other than the nature of their injuries, but retain their competitive spirit. Over time, shared experience, both good and bad, brings them together as friends to support one another.

Most obvious of the transformations is that experienced by Joel, who initially distances himself from his fellow patients with sunglasses, headphones and curtains. As he comes to accept the changes that disablement has made to his life, Joel discards these props and begins to involve himself in the struggles of the men with whom he shares the ward.

The dance referred to in the title is a reference to this daily struggle to keep one's head above water; to give up the dance is to reject life. _Waterdance_ is a moving and powerful film on many levels, and I do not hesitate to recommend it.


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