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Cactuses (2006)

 -  Drama  -  15 March 2006 (USA)
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Simon Brodigan gives up on just about everything in his life, and just about everyone in his life has given up on him. He passes the time in his unfulfilling life by working an honest ... See full summary »

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Burton
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Simon Brodigan gives up on just about everything in his life, and just about everyone in his life has given up on him. He passes the time in his unfulfilling life by working an honest part-time job with a not-so-honest scam on the side. Simon cuts corners, runs from responsibility, and definitely doesn't want to be helped. Eventually, he is estranged from everyone in his life except for one person -- an eccentric old woman that he steals from. Mary Beth is surprisingly tolerant of Simon's self-destructive behavior, and her persistent interest in Simon's life eventually gets the best of him. While working for Mary Beth at her Cactus shop, Simon finds that his reluctance turns to willingness, even eagerness, to improve the quality of his life and the relationships that he has seemingly ruined. Flirting with the concept of ambition, Simon tries to mend some of the wreckage of his past by making up with the father who has disowned him. But things do not go as planned... With hopes dashed,... Written by Matt Hannon

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Taped primarily in 2002, Cactuses is the result of a unique, non-profit moviemaking venture that interned 24 high school students to fill primary crew positions. See more »

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Amazing work!
15 March 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This film was made by a collection of high school students and a handful of college students, but it is by no means a "student caliber" film. When putting together a film so independent from any studio, with very little marketing involved, it is rare to even FIND the movie. Luckily they offer the film for free, on their website...that's right, this movie is FREE...

I had just come home from seeing "Nightwatch" at the Paramount theater in Toronto. Disappointed, I checked what was going on online and I found this film. A movie like "Nightwatch" has no right asking you for your money when there is a film like "Cactuses" available for free.

The film centers around a troubled youth that has issues with his father, his brother and his girlfriend. Even at his worst moments, you can still relate to him, this is a feat that is generated by tight acting and throughly contemplated writing. It takes a relatively frequent plot formula (an older, wiser person takes a troubled youth under their wing and transforms them into some sort of demigod) and instead makes the troubled youth's accomplishments reasonable, respectable and deserving.

I don't want to spoil anything, but watching this film made me feel very good about myself and it really did inspire, something that a lot of films claim to do, while few actually deliver. Do yourself a favor and download this free movie and then write to the makers and let them know you appreciate their work...because you will.


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