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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.
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An excellent simple tale--not perfect but a nice little diversion
4 May 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A SIMPLE CURVE is exactly the sort of movie that most viewers would never watch but which could prove rewarding if you actually give it a chance. While it has no explosions or big-name actors, it does have some excellent acting and production values.

As for the story, it took some time to grow on me because the people in it were so odd compared to the typical Western family. Instead of being set in the city or suburbs or even the farmland, this film was made in the middle of no where in the mountains of Western Canada. While this was odd, the types of people in the film were also quite odd. The father, Jim, was a 70s hippie who came to the country to avoid the draft and has extremely high ideals and an unusual moral compass. He's often uncompromising but also with an odd sense of right and wrong. Caleb, his 27 year-old son, is devoted to him but also extremely frustrated with Jim's inflexibility--given that their business is going down the drain and Jim will seemingly do nothing to change his ways. Despite feeling little in common with the pair, I kept watching and realized that in spite of the weirdness of their ideals compared to the mainstream, their struggle was in many ways quite universal--a tough dad and a son who secretly wants to punch him in the face--a theme that seldom makes it to film. In many ways, this reminded me of THE JAZZ SINGER--except that A SIMPLE CURVE is much more watchable.

Through all the film and its little quirks, the acting and writing were lovely and the rugged scenery was very welcome. About the only negatives were the unresolved bits and pieces in the plot by the end of the film as well as the unlikability of many of the characters. Still, given all its strengths and how non-derivative the plot is, it's well worth seeking out as an answer to the usual Hollywood fare.


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