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The Life (2004)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  13 January 2005 (USA)
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Crystal
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Rose
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Daryl
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Matt
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McTavish
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Victor Pinto
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Amber Reilly
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John Reilly
James Crescenzo ...
Constable (as Jim Crescenzo)
Jada Stark ...
Crack Addict #1
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Tim Fanning ...
Bagpiper
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Suzie
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Arnie and Tony are partnered Vancouver police officers. They were raised in the Downtown Eastside, where they now walk the beat. The Downtown Eastside is now the poorest neighbourhood in Canada and is riddled with open drug use. They want to be a small part of the neighbourhood's redemption. The current mentality on the force regarding the drug war is to "arrest the dealers, chase the addicts and pretend it's getting better". Using an addict in person at a high school outreach talk gives Arnie and Tony the idea to film real people telling real stories about life in the neighbourhood as an effective way to get the message out to kids about the dangers of even trying drugs. The video ruffles some feathers both amongst the addicts and the police force. Arnie and Tony take it hard when one of the regulars of the neighbourhood and a key part of the video dies; they feel they need to do something grand to acknowledge the lives of the forgotten. Written by Huggo

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Comments on "The Life" by Chris Haddock and Pierre Sarrazin
7 October 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This Sunday morning (October 7th, 2 am) I watched "The Life" made by Producers Pierre Sarrazin and Chris Haddock and I was absolutely riveted by the show. The actors performances, the story lines and photography were excellent and kept me totally involved. I felt touched deeply by the sad stories of the street people who the two officers encountered, filmed and tried to assist. I absolutely had to stay up to watch it all!

This is the sort of programming that Canada does best, and nobody shows the gritty reality of life better than writers like Chris Haddock and Alan Di Fiore. They are not afraid to show the seamy underside of the streets and use actors that are not "pretty" but look appropriate for their roles. The other great thing about this type of Canadian programming is that it assumes viewers have intelligence and does not play down to us. I appreciate the intellectual approach as I find the endless shoot outs, chase scenes and violence on regular police shows become very wearisome. As long as there are writers and producers making this sort of show, they will have my support.


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