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Taylor's Return (1997)

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After two and a half years abroad, Taylor MacLennan decides to accept an invitation from his mother and return home to the small northeastern resort town where he grew up. The reunion with ... See full summary »

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Andrew Humeniuk

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Andrew Humeniuk
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Matt Nolan ... Taylor
Tami-Adrian George ... Pamela
Reedy Gibbs Reedy Gibbs ... Miriam
Brian Frank ... Tom
Peter Mehren Peter Mehren ... Doctor
Val Barri ... Christine
Cain Humeniuk Cain Humeniuk ... Benjamin
Dylan Neal ... Robert
Peter Josselyn Peter Josselyn ... Paul
Andrew Humeniuk Andrew Humeniuk ... Coach
Marisa Ryan ... Liz
Jim Saunders ... Bartender
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After two and a half years abroad, Taylor MacLennan decides to accept an invitation from his mother and return home to the small northeastern resort town where he grew up. The reunion with his over-achieving brother, Robert, and his wife Christine, who was also Taylor's high school girlfriend and first love, rekindles resentments that Taylor still carries. Fearing that Taylor might leave again, his mother reveals the real reason for her invitation, her hope that he might make amends with his domineering father whose failing health concerns the whole family. Bolstered by his girlfriend, Pamela and the friendship of an old flame he once betrayed, Taylor finds the courage to face his father and learns that his sickness has progressed much further than the rest of the family knows. Trapped between the responsibilities he can not deny and memories he can not reconcile, Taylor comes to realize that he has defined himself by a history the rest of the family has outgrown and begins to ... Written by Anonymous

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An Under-Rated, Subtle Family Drama
26 September 2006 | by dohiyiSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film. Unfortunately I only happened across it because a friend who loved it had recorded it off of Bravo a few years back and decided to show it to me. Where has it disappeared to, and why haven't more people seen it? I don't know the answer, but I highly recommend it to all who enjoy well written and visually engaging family drama.

The drama itself is subtle and understated, but evokes all the turmoil and beauty involved in revisiting family when one hasn't entirely outgrown them. All the acting is capable, but the three brothers are really the strongest in the film. Matt Nolan is wonderful as Taylor, a young man returning to face a father he loves but has never been able to connect with. Dylan Neal (Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Dawson's Creek) shows himself capable of real subtlety as the older over-achieving brother who long ago stole and married Taylor's sweetheart. Lastly, hitherto unknown Brian Frank steals the film with his portrayal of the somewhat lost, youngest brother who is still at home and trying to follow his dreams of being a musician while living with his disapproving parents. The interplay between the three is in many ways the heart of the movie.

Writer and director, Andrew Humeniuk, knows just how to accent these relationships visually, making some unusual and often breathtaking choices. Interestingly, I actually felt there were moments in the movie when the way it was shot was actually meant to increase the audiences physical discomfort in ways that mirrored the emotional discomfort felt by the characters. And it worked! I did a search for Humeniuk on here and haven't found anything. If anyone knows if he's still in the business either writing or directing I'd be interested in seeing anything else he's done. The Cinematographer, Jay Fergeson is also to be commended for the visual poetry of the film.

At any rate, enjoy. I think Amazon still carries the film if you want to check it out!


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USA

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English

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El regreso de Taylor See more »

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CAD120,000 (estimated)
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