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Souvenir of Canada (2005)

While Douglas Coupland works on a grand art project about Canada, the writer recounts his life and his musings about the various aspects of Canadian identity.





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Rob Bird ...
Young Douglas Coupland (as Robert Bird)
Douglas Coupland ...
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Jayme Kalino ...
Douglas' Brother


As part of a personal artistic statement about Canada, writer Douglas Coupland, takes an old house of vintage Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation design to remodel it into a personal statement of Canadiana. While we see him at work, Coupland tells the story of his life as a youth in Vancouver who became a author who would define a Generation as "X." More importantly, Coupland also gives his take on the various aspects that mark his country's identity such as Distance, French, Terry Fox, Toronto, the Wild and many more. Taken together, Coupland seeks to explain what Canada is with all its beauty and flaws as only a Canadian can do. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Thoroughly enjoyable
24 September 2005 | by (Cochrane, AB) – See all my reviews

Loved the books and have had Doug sign one- also look for his book on Terry Fox- very moving. But I digress...

Saw this on opening night at Calgary Film Fest '05 with very appreciative audience- largely gen x'ers.

Thoroughly enjoyable- references to your and my childhoods in each of our little Canadian burgs will bring a nostalgic smile to your face.

Strong recommend but not sure how it will be handled outside of festivals. It's 70 min. long and CFB has distribution. I checked for a 35mm print but it's DVD format only (according to CFB guy who introduced the film). So, it may show up on TV at some point or at your local library?? Do yourself a favor and buy a copy to watch in 20 years!!

MGMitchell Chinook Film Group Cochrane, AB.

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