5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
ReganRebecca from Ottawa, Ontario
7 December 2013
Empire of Dirt is a rather clichéd tale, the story of drop-out single
mom Lena who, despite managing to get herself clean and working as a
community leader for other struggling aboriginal youth, finds herself
struggling to support her troubled teenage daughter. When her resources
run out she returns to the town of her birth and reconnects with the
family and friends she was once so quick to let go of as a pregnant
teenage mother so many years ago.
Despite the trite storyline which neatly skips over the usual beats of
the story, the movie is somewhat rescued by the lovely performance of
its three leads. Newcomer Cara Gee appears in nearly every frame of the
movie and acts natural and graceful and Shay Eyre as her teenage
daughter Peeka matches her beat for beat with the two having a
believable mother/daughter chemistry.
The movie is also lovingly shot and the camera luxuriates on the
outdoor beauty of the town of Lena's birth.
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