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Twist (2003)

R  |   |  Drama  |  28 September 2005 (France)
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A queer "Oliver Twist" update set in the hustler district of modern-day Toronto.

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David
Brigid Tierney ...
Betsy
Moti Yona ...
Charley
Michèle-Barbara Pelletier ...
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Noah (as Max McCabe)
Andre Noble ...
Adam
James Gilpin ...
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Morris
Mike Lobel ...
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John
Caroline Sura ...
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A gay re-telling of Charles Dickens' classic Oliver Twist. Updated to current times, moved out of the poor house and onto the streets, the tale is told from the point of Dickens' character, Artful Dodger--now Dodge. The prosaically beautiful Oliver falls into the hands of down-and-out young men. Dodge takes the young man under his wing and instructs him in the unforgiving arts of drug abuse and prostitution. As Oliver's innocence dissolves, both young men confront inner and outer demons and, strangely, it is Dodge who finds he cannot escape his past. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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At the end of the film, Dodge pays a visit to Bill's place. His face is ravaged from the mugging of the previous evening. When he comes out of the house, his face shows no signs of the damage that was present when he entered the house. See more »

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Fagin: Dodge, you did real good today. Bill will be pleased.
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You Strutted and Fretted Across
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A heart wrenching experience
20 September 2004 | by (New Mexico) – See all my reviews

Jacob Tierney does a wonderful job in this movie simply by playing to his actor's strengths. This movie drags the audience through a Arnofskesque journey through a world where there is never a happy ending, and does a fantastic job of it.

The play between the boys (and girls) stuck in Vancouver's shadowy underbelly of sex and drugs illustrates just how lonely the sex industry is for the de facto children caught in it.

The character of Dodge is particularly well played by the often typecast Nick Stahl. Despite typecasting (which is often a sign of true talent in at least one area), he pulls the bitterness of the role right out into the open and twists it slowly between his hands.

Tierney's auteurship of the piece does create a uniqueness that might otherwise be subsumed by various facets of previously done works.


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