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Curtis
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Jim (as Callum Keith Rennie)
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Cookie
Barbara Barnes-Hopkins ...
Voodoo Ma
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Park Worker
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Spitting White Trash Thug
Trent Carr ...
Thug
Dale Harrison ...
Thug
Brian Clancy ...
The Killer
John Dondertman ...
Furry Pimp
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Man in Restaurant
Bruno Bryniarski ...
Dealer
Mary Sylwester ...
Hooker
KEi ...
Junkie
Trevor Black ...
Junkie
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This film, based on a Jim Carroll short story, recounts the tale of Curtis and his encounter with voodoo. Curtis is a drug addict who has become paranoid, thinking that his wife's mother has cast evil spells on him. He meets his friend Jim and asks him for help in counteracting her black magic. Jim tries to reason with his friend, but when that fails, he decides to play along and make him a talisman. Drawing a snake on a scrap of paper and mumbling an incantation, Jim gives him this charm. This immediately solves Curtis's problems...or does it? Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Jim: I know you have a chemical disposition for being impatient, so I'll get to the point.
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Last of the Red Hot Fools
Written by Blair Peckham and Daniel Levy
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1995 Nervous Noise/SOCAN
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A fantastic example of great Canadian film-making!
5 December 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Aside from this being a superlative example of Canadian film-making at its best, this is also, in my opinion, one of the finest movies ever made about the lives of the drug addicted.

Shot in grainy black & white in and around Toronto's grittier areas, the film's director creates a gritty backdrop for what is, ultimately, a comedic story about one friend helping another through their crack-induced paranoia, all while facing his own past demons in the process.

One of Canada's greatest actors, Callum Kieth Rennie, plays the mellow, now in recovery junkie character of "Jim" (ultimately portraying Jim Carroll, NYC based poet, most famous for books like "The Basketball Diaries", his role in Andy Wharhols Factory scene, junkie-culture writer, and so on...) off of Maurice Dean Wint's fast-paced, hyper-paranoid, cracked-out "Curtis." The movie uses many voice over tracks of Jim's thoughts wonderfully, none of them intrusive, all in context, and all adding to rather than distracting from the story's content.

Director John L'Ecuyer's film-making style is concise, clear, and real, without being overly-dramatic or heavy (considering the subject matter). His beautiful use of old black & white footage of Santeria/Voudon dance rituals during the opening of the film is fantastic, as is the positive portrayal of voudon charms and their healing powers (whether merely psychologically healing or real - no matter) is a welcomed breath of fresh air in a world filled with films casting inaccurate and negative views on a benevolent, much-misrepresented, belief system.

For anyone who wants a movie that represents drug culture in a non-hyped-up, down to earth way, "Curtis's Charm" is for you!

~T.Paul


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