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Flower & Garnet (2002)

Garnet, 8 years old, has a father who has difficulty showing him love, since Garnet's mother died during his birth. Only getting affection by his 16 year old sister Flower, the situation changes when she leaves when she gets pregnant.

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Ed
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Alisha Penev ...
Young Flower
Colin Roberts ...
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Ronnie
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Barb
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Carl
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Donna
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Fred
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Mr. Hansen
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Tara (as Eliza Murbach)
Allan Lysell ...
Doctor
Mitra Loraz ...
Nurse
Linsea O'Shea ...
Flower & Garnet's Mom
Dimitri Milani ...
Mr. Cooper
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Garnet, 8 years old, has a father who has difficulty showing him love, since Garnet's mother died during his birth. Only getting affection by his 16 year old sister Flower, the situation changes when she leaves when she gets pregnant.

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31 October 2004 (USA)  »

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Conflito em Família  »

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CAD 2,000,000 (estimated)
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Colin Roberts was cast in the role of Garnet four days before shooting began. See more »


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You Could Have Been A Lady
Written by Errol Brown & Tony Wilson
Published by Finchley Music Corporation
Licensed by Backstage Music Publishing
O/B/O Music & Media International Inc.
Toronto, Canada
Performed by April Wine
Licensed by Aquarius Records
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Powerful story of a broken family
7 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

Flower and Garnet, the first feature-length film by B.C. director Keith Behrman, is the powerful story of a broken family that is forced to confront problems that have gone on for too many years. The film shows the effect of a father's unexpressed grief on his eight-year old son, Garnet (Colin Roberts), whose mother died giving him birth. Set in the rural Cache Creek area in British Columbia, Canada, it is a subtle and deeply moving portrait of a family that lives in an emotional no-man's land. The father Ed (Callum Keith Rennie) is uncommunicative with both his family and his ladyfriend Barb (Kristen Thomson). Constantly downing cans of beer, he only relates to the boy with silence, self-hatred, and sudden explosions of violence. He tries to school him in typical macho activities, taking him fishing, driving, and shooting on an improvised pistol range, but is unable to provide any real love or understanding.

The years have turned Garnet into a sullen withdrawn child. Vancouver actor Colin Roberts, who received a Genie nomination for Best Actor for his first acting performance, is so natural as Garnet that you can literally hear his thoughts and feel his feelings above the long, awkward silences. Ed tries to right things by giving Garnet a BB gun for his birthday but he uses it to take out his aggression on animals. When his beautiful 16-year old sister Flower (Jane McGregor) has an affair with local teen Carl (Craig Olejnik) and becomes pregnant, Ed compounds the problem by forcing her out of the house. The loss of his sister plus an anticipated rival for his sister's affections pushes Garnet close to the edge. The final breakthrough is so unsuspected that it comes with a sudden jolt.


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