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Red Deer (2000)

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Loreya Montayne ...
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27 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

This wasn't as much a movie as it was a reason to disband the CRTC. There are two things going on here: A fairly personal... character driven story, although there is very little character development, and a barely connected backdrop... Oh, also inciting incident? Why am I watching this? Why do I care? Why Red Deer? Oh, excuse me, "red deer".

There wasn't a Red Deer prospective, let alone a western Canadian perspective in this at all. No thought to why it was set in Red Deer other then that Red Deer is in Canada. But by watching it you wouldn't know which part of Canada. The character of the city wasn't portrayed in the film. Take out the one reference to "working the rigs" and this film could have been shot anywhere. Not important unless you are going to... I don't know? Call the Movie Red Deer... sorry "red deer".

If there was a pop art reference it had to be a Canadian reference... Leonard Cohen? Ask four Canadians in a row and see if you get that answer - this Canadian moment brought to you by untalented Canadians with a chip on their collective shoulder.

The money spent on this movie would have been better spent on a week in Red Deer. At least then Anthony Couture would have been aware there are not city police in Red Deer... The city is policed by the RCMP, OOPS! Not important, unless you call the movie Red Deer.... "red deer".

It's important to point out that what this film forgets, as do a lot of amateur Canadian films, is that the American influence in Canadian culture is an important element of being and growing up Canadian. This film fails to reflect that and therefore it tries to show the audience what Couture thinks it should be like to be Canadian.

This is Anthony Couture's voice and it's not an Albertan voice. Of course that's irrelevant for Anthony Couture and his intended audience, Toronto. If he ever directs or writes a movie like this again he should call it "Anthony Couture" because that's the only thing that is apparent about the movie. Couture should try and use the province the same way that Holly Wood does. Alberta is a beautiful backdrop and an added character to any film. I didn't see Alberta's character or culture in this film. This film rates one notch below Sylvan Lake Summer.

One last thing: Cowboy hats on the bar band and steel guitar - in the afternoon at that. TACKY!!

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