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A Simple Curve (2005)

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Father and son run their own two-man furniture business but have opposing ideologies on what should guide their craftsmanship, quality or commerce.



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Widowed father Jim and his twenty-seven-year-old son Caleb run a custom furniture business in the Slocan Valley area of British Columbia. Jim is the craftsman who will do whatever is necessary to produce a quality piece, regardless of cost to the company or customer wants. Caleb is the business person who tries to reign Jim in, realizing that if he cannot do so the business will fail. Into their lives returns Matthew, an old friend of Caleb's parents from back in the days when they were hippies during the Vietnam War era. Jim was an American draft dodger and Matthew was an American army deserter. While Jim has stuck to his idealistic hippie roots, Matthew is now a wealthy developer who is building a lodge in the area. In discussions solely with Caleb, Matthew commissions chairs to be made for the lodge. Seeing this contract as a way for the business to flourish, Caleb agrees but asks Matthew not to divulge to Jim that the chairs they will be making are for him, as he knows Jim will ... Written by Huggo

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His parents went back to the land. He's been stuck there ever since.



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Matthew: Tell him to fuck off.
Caleb: Tell who to fuck off?
Matthew: Jim. You gotta tell him to fuck right the hell off.
Caleb: What are you talking about?
Matthew: You love him right?
Caleb: Yeah.
Matthew: Then that's what you have to do. Look. Jim told his dad to fuck off. He said "Pops, I'm moving to Canada. Fuck you, I'm gonna grow my hair long." I told my dad to fuck off, they told their dads to fuck off. This is the history of western people, Caleb, I mean it's about the only meaningful tradition we have left.
Caleb: ...
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Really enjoyed this movie.
8 September 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The movie takes a coming of age story and makes it relevant for everyone. The shots and scenery of the mountains are breathtaking.

There are some very funny, sly moments in it -- the counterpoint between draft-dodger/back to the land parents and 20-something children trying to make sense of it for themselves is very poignant. Great script. You really get a sense of why some people have chosen to spend their lives in this valley - and how the choice sometimes is overlooked when you grew up there.

Definitely a must see -- not just for the great scenery and beautiful shots, but for a story that resonates.

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