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Whole New Thing (2005)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  8 January 2006 (USA)
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After years of being home schooled by hippie parents, Emerson is enrolled at his local high school. The intelligent and androgynous youth confounds his classmates and captures the attention of his English teacher. The teacher-student relationship leads to problems for everyone involved.

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Emerson
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Rog
Rebecca Jenkins ...
Kaya
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Don Grant
Kathryn MacLellan ...
Ms. McPherson
Drew O'Hara ...
Todd
Ryan Hartigan ...
Jeff
Geordie Brown ...
Buddy
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Denny
Jackie Torrens ...
Claire
Lisa Lelliott ...
Massage Guest
Leah Fassett ...
Laura
Samantha Spencer ...
Debra
Rebecca Regan ...
Teri
Marguerite McNeil ...
Don's Mother
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After years of being home schooled by hippie parents, Emerson is enrolled at his local high school. The intelligent and androgynous youth confounds his classmates and captures the attention of his English teacher. The teacher-student relationship leads to problems for everyone involved.

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CAD 750,000 (estimated)

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$4,949 (USA) (6 April 2007)

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$11,445 (USA) (11 May 2007)
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The film was written in two weeks then filmed in 15 days. See more »

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Don Grant: And what do you do?
Rog: I turn shit into gold.
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Builds the Bone
Words and Music by Joel Gibb
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Published by A Common Enemy
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Smart, compelling and funny
6 October 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Amnon Buchbinder's "Whole New Thing" ranks among the best independent films of the past year. Solid performances, notably from newcomer Aaron Webber, and assured, mature direction bolster an excellent script (co-written by ubiquitous Canuck playwright and co-star Daniel MacIvor) about the vagaries of family, love and sexuality. Buchbinder's sensitive treatment of his characters never falls into cliché and consistently offers resonant insights. The script is well-paced and adroitly mixes comedy and tragedy to present a well-rounded view of humanity in bittersweet glory.

For those of you who thought Canadian cinema was just about Atom Egoyan and David Cronenberg, think again: Amnon Buchbinder is as strong and defined a voice as either of those two, and his soft touch arguably eclipses both in terms of his ability to explore the humanity of his characters.


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