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Chimera House (1999)

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A contemporary story based on actual events about the harsh realities of life in a group home (where over 100,000 American juveniles are living each year). The story: A new kid from the ... See full summary »

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Roy
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Chloe Taylor ...
Laura
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Daryl
Alberto Rosas ...
Praxedis
Loretta Rucks ...
Keisha
Jesse Henning ...
Victor Hoang Ly ...
Minh
Charselle Hooper ...
Dee
Selena Navarro ...
Monica
Camille Nelson ...
Theresa
Sten Rudstrom ...
Drug Counselor
David Stewart ...
Kevin
Andrew Huebner ...
Van Driver
Maria De Jesus Rosas ...
Praxedis' Grandmother
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A contemporary story based on actual events about the harsh realities of life in a group home (where over 100,000 American juveniles are living each year). The story: A new kid from the suburbs, an artist, is tested by military style rules, forbidden romance, streetwise peers, and his own past as he tries to survive until 'graduation'. In the end, only his art can save his dreams of love and freedom. Written by Anonymous

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A low budget film of high quality and performance.
20 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

The thing about this film is that it is not considered to be a "Hollywood mainstream" film. None of your blow 'em up action, in your face, outrageous budget and egos. This film is based on real life and real situations with it's actors doing an amazing job of portraying these troubled characters.

It's main character, Roy (played by Josh Keaton), is simply trying to adjust to life in a militant group home where other troubled teens are staying. Not the best of places to be but much better than his only other choice which is juvenile hall. During his stay, Roy forced to conform to strict rules and deal with his over the top roommate, Lucky (played by Danny Arroyo).

In the end, the lessons learned are hard ones. Not all are fair or just but as this film tries to show is that life can be what you make of it and sometimes just believing you are more than your surroundings can carry you through the tough times.

"Chimera House" is a good quality film which has been received very well with a number of film festivals. It has won many festival awards to date to include a couple Best Film Awards. A Best Director, Best Music and a Best Actor. It is a film definitely worth seeing and appreciated.


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