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Down to the Dirt (2008)

When Keith and Natasha's relationship goes rotten, Natasha runs away to Halifax. Keith makes it his mission to track her down, only to learn things about himself that he never realized before.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Kavanagh
Natasha Healy (as Mylène Savoie)
Robert Kavanagh
Jody Richardson ...
Francey O'Dea
Phil Churchill ...
Andy O'Toole
Paula Morgan ...
Mavis Kavanagh
Kristina Andrews ...
Baby Keith
Brian Kelly ...
Ten year old Keith
Six year old Keith (as Percy Hynes-White)
Sheila Redmond ...
Eric Walsh ...
Twelve year old Keith
Adriana Maggs ...
Lois Brown ...
Miss Sheppard
Jane Furneaux ...
Young girl in car


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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24 October 2008 (Canada)  »

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CAD 600,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Started out okay.
29 May 2009 | by (Yonder) – See all my reviews

Wow, a Canadian movie that doesn't feel like a Canadian movie! What's ironic is that most crappy Canadian movies try their best to hide the fact they're Canadian. The story will be set New York (shot in Toronto, hardly NYC) or some generic American city, town, suburb, etc.

This movie is proud of the fact it's set in Eastern Canada and doesn't feel the need to give us stupid postcard shots and bagpipes (the bagpipes remark is a joke related to the movie, by the way).

But then we get to the horrible animal murder played for laughs. I don't want to give away too much, but unless you find someone bashing a cat to death with a rock humorous, you might want to avoid this movie. Well, the cat is in pain but that's thanks to the lead character's actions. As he bashes the cats skull in with a rock, he blathers on in voice over about being a fighter, like the cat I guess. Because the cat won't die. Hilarious. Then the murdered cat is forgotten by the next scene (because the lead character is back to feeling sorry for only for himself). It's safe to say the movie pretty much lost its heart by this point and the lead character has lost all sympathy.

One thing I want to mention, though, is the leading lady Mylène Savoie. She's a great actress and a pleasure to watch. Too bad the writer didn't concentrate only on her and write the cat killer out of the script, perhaps by horrible death.

The rest of the movie goes on to explore how self-absorbed the drug and alcohol-addicted main character really is. There's no limit to his self-love and depravity (berating everyone, stealing, pilfering, etc, etc.)

Sounds like a good time, eh?

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