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The Lotus Eaters (1993)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  October 1993 (USA)
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It's 1964 on one of the Gulf Islands off the coast of Vancouver, BC. The Kingswoods - father Hal, mother Diana, late teen-aged daughter Cleo, adolescent daughter Zoe, and Hal's long widowed... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tara Frederick ...
Aloka McLean ...
Tony Dakota ...
Jacques Hubert ...
Frances Hyland ...
Suzie Payne ...
Simon Webb ...
Paul Soles ...
Michèle-Barbara Pelletier ...
Anne-Marie Andrews (as Michèle Barbara Pelletier)
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It's 1964 on one of the Gulf Islands off the coast of Vancouver, BC. The Kingswoods - father Hal, mother Diana, late teen-aged daughter Cleo, adolescent daughter Zoe, and Hal's long widowed mother Flora - are one of the leading families of the community. Hal is the principal of the public school. Diana knits goods for sale. They both tend to their small farm on the side, raising a small herd of pigs every year. And the family enjoys many of the activities that most islanders do such as sailing and hanging out on the beach. Beyond Hal and Diana not really understanding what Cleo sees in her boyfriend, Dwayne Spittle, their life seems perfectly and idyllically west coast on the surface. But underneath that surface bubbles a few problems with which each individual involved doesn't want to deal. The first is a secret which Flora has been hiding for decades which has the potential to estrange her from Hal. And the second manifests itself with the arrival of new native francophone ... Written by Huggo

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October 1993 (USA)  »

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Chilling with Mr Harcourt
5 October 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Hello Peter Harcourt. You granted me an interview at Carleton University about my having finished an MA in Philosophy and wanting to study for an MA in Film Studies. But we both agreed even if you only want to watch movies you still keep writing anyway. "The Lotus Eaters" uses very long shots to make it seem like an old '60s movie with the comedic use by all characters staring slightly off camera. The "idyllic setting" of the BC island is rendered by each frame being a composed colour photograph, picture postcard perfect. As for "made for TV" director Paul Shapiro and writer Peggy Thompson spent the rest of their careers doing well with work for TV. As a person nothing but Canadian, I picked up on the school principal in "The Lotus Eaters" REFUSING TO ALLOW HIS FAMILY TO HAVE A TV. I'm so glad movies I identify with stopped me from going to England to study philosophy with a friend of FRLeavis. But I do identify too with the movies in your book "Six European Directors"!!

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