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The Lotus Eaters (1993)

PG-13 | | Drama | October 1993 (USA)
A family of Canadian pig farmers find their lives addled with dysfunction and underlying problems beneath their cheerful facade.


Paul Shapiro


Peggy Thompson (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tara Frederick Tara Frederick ... Cleo Kingswood
Aloka McLean ... Zoe Kingswood
R.H. Thomson ... Hal Kingswood
Sheila McCarthy ... Diana Kingswood
Andrea Libman ... Jo Spittle
Tony Dakota Tony Dakota ... Geoffrey
Jacques Hubert Jacques Hubert ... Mr. Ralston
Frances Hyland ... Flora Kingswood
Suzie Payne Suzie Payne ... Miss Oliffe
Simon Webb ... Rev Winter
Patti Allan ... Miss Storey
Paul Soles Paul Soles ... Tobias Spittle
Gabe Khouth ... Dwayne Spittle
Michèle-Barbara Pelletier ... Anne-Marie Andrews (as Michèle Barbara Pelletier)
Cameron Stewart Cameron Stewart ... Fiddler


It's 1964 on one of the Gulf Islands off the coast of Vancouver, BC. The Kingswoods - father Hal, mother Diana, late teen-aged daughter Cleo, adolescent daughter Zoe, and Hal's long widowed mother Flora - are one of the leading families of the community. Hal is the principal of the public school. Diana knits goods for sale. They both tend to their small farm on the side, raising a small herd of pigs every year. And the family enjoys many of the activities that most islanders do such as sailing and hanging out on the beach. Beyond Hal and Diana not really understanding what Cleo sees in her boyfriend, Dwayne Spittle, their life seems perfectly and idyllically west coast on the surface. But underneath that surface bubbles a few problems with which each individual involved doesn't want to deal. The first is a secret which Flora has been hiding for decades which has the potential to estrange her from Hal. And the second manifests itself with the arrival of new native francophone ... Written by Huggo

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October 1993 (USA) See more »

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A paint by the numbers film.
28 November 2004 | by susanswebSee all my reviews

This film is awful. Not offensive but extremely predictable. The movie follows the life of a small town family in the mid-60's. The father, the principal at the school, is going through a mid-life crisis. Enter a pretty teacher from the big city who starts challenging her students' minds with some thought-provoking stuff, like think for yourself. The principal doesn't agree with her teaching but she is pretty. You can connect the dots. His teenage daughter (Winona Ryder wannabe Tara Frederick) is fed up with the small town lifestyle and wants to live. She gets some bad advice, hangs out with some bad boys and apparently family planning wasn't being taught at her school. Shocking! Seeing that director Paul Shapiro has mainly worked in TV, this movie plays like a more adult version of an after-school special or a very special episode of one of the more mundane sitcoms.

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