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Seymour Polatkin is a successful, gay Native American poet from Spokane who confronts his past when he returns to his childhood home on the reservation to attend the funeral of a dear ... See full summary »

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Seymour Polatkin is a successful, gay Native American poet from Spokane who confronts his past when he returns to his childhood home on the reservation to attend the funeral of a dear friend. Written by Anonymous

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Sometimes going home is the hardest journey of all.

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$200,000 (estimated)

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$12,709, 10 May 2002, Limited Release

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$174,682, 6 October 2002
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Seymour Polatkin: ...I think about the straight life sometimes. Sometimes I wanna be the Indian guy who brought you home to the rez. Sometimes I wanna be the Indian who stayed behind. And sometimes, I wish there was cute little boy or girl who looked like me and you.
[to Agnes]
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Innovative Filmaking
9 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Alexie Sherman, author of Smoke Signals, directs his first film with a lot of help from his friends. Sherman cuts through the normal hierachical structure of film sets to allow the director of photography, script supervisor, and actors unprecedented freedom in improvization with the camera. One can only hope this is the beginning of a good thing.

The storyline is non-linear and, perhaps, hard to follow for those used to Hollywood films, but the result is perhaps the best example of how the cinema can be used for pure poetry without the need for standard conflict resolution storytelling.


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