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  (in credits order)

Simon Reynolds ... Patrick
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Damir Andrei (as Damir Andre)

Geneviève Appleton

Louis Ferreira (as Justin Louis)

Chapelle Jaffe ... Mary Fiddich
London Juno ... Sandra (as Juno Mills Cockell)
Tracey Moore ... Miss McInnis
Earl Pastko ... Vost
Karen Saunders ... Debbie

R.H. Thomson ... Bill Fiddich

Directed by
Michael Gibson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Gibson 

Produced by
Doug Dales .... producer
Michael Gibson .... producer
Don Haig .... executive producer
Loudon Owen .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Gane 
Cinematography by
Douglas Koch 
Film Editing by
Darryl Cornford 
Production Design by
Linda Del Rosario 
Art Department
Garry Honcharuk .... assistant property master
Shelley Nieder .... property master
Sound Department
Allan Scarth .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
John Medland .... still photographer
Transportation Department
Evan Siegel .... transportation coordinator

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90 min


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Like an After-School Special meets "Mommie Dearest", 14 April 2010
Author: LynxMatthews from United States

Possible spoilers follow. Weird, weird movie. I saw this on Canadian TV in the 90s at some point, and only now was I able to finally find the name of it by typing in some key words into google. This movie is really one of a kind, part Lifetime Movie, part oddball character study, with lots of moments of intrigue and psychotic discomfort thrown in. If you are fan of cinematic strangeness, I'd seek it out, because the tone of the whole picture is quite off-kilter.

It follows a teen who really loves his lovable dad. Dad is a wacky inventor wannabe. His main invention involves these bent pieces of wire, whose purpose I do not recall. And the kid follows in the dad's footsteps of fantasy. Except, wait. The dad also has an extremely irrational and abusive side to him as well. He is prone to mad violence and the effect in the film is as if Mike Brady suddenly started beating Carol and the kids. Way unexpected. The kid copes by befriending a pretty teacher at school who takes an interest in him. Alas, he freaks out on her and makes a grab at her breasts in another "who'da thunk it?" scene, nudity included.

It's an odd mix of quirky and serious themes, and I am surprised it is not more well-known as a kind of film to both enjoy for its uniqueness and gently mock for its camp value.

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