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Down to the Dirt (2008)

 -  Drama  -  24 October 2008 (Canada)
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A troubled guy with a poetic soul, Keith Kavanagh, meets an equally troubled girl named Natasha. The two fall in love and move into an apartment together in St. John's. Their relationship ... See full summary »

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Keith Kavanagh
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Natasha Healy (as Mylène Savoie)
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Robert Kavanagh
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Renny
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Francey O'Dea
Phil Churchill ...
Andy O'Toole
Paula Morgan ...
Mavis Kavanagh
Kristina Andrews ...
Baby Keith
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Percy Hynes-White ...
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Sheila Redmond ...
Nun
Eric Walsh ...
Twelve year old Keith
Adriana Maggs ...
Glenda
Lois Brown ...
Miss Sheppard
Jane Furneaux ...
Young girl in car
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A troubled guy with a poetic soul, Keith Kavanagh, meets an equally troubled girl named Natasha. The two fall in love and move into an apartment together in St. John's. Their relationship implodes due to booze and drugs and Natasha leaves for the mainland (Halifax, Nova Scotia) to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Keith, who has never been off the rock, goes on a dark journey to find her, and also ends up finding himself in the process. Written by Anonymous

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Very engaging coming-of-age story
25 October 2008 | by (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

This film is an engaging coming-of-age story based upon Newfoundland author Joel Hynes' first novel of the same name. The film features spot-on performances by everyone, including a stand-out performance by the author, in the central role. Joel Hynes was at the screening I attended in Halifax, where some of the film was shot. During the Q&A, he told us that he is pleased with the adaptation. Joel writes beautifully and conveys a tremendous sense of realism. He is also a very sensitive and expressive actor with great screen presence, and is an actor who is not afraid to "go there". It is my sincere hope that Joel Hynes gains greater exposure and following for this and future work. I look forward to repeated viewings of this film.


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