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Heater (1999)

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Two homeless men try to return a recently stolen base-board heater for the refund. Unsuccessful, they must find other ways to survive the night.

Director:

Terrance Odette

Writer:

Terrance Odette
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Farmer ... Ben
Stephen Ouimette ... The Man
Mauralea Austin Mauralea Austin ... Welfare Worker
Tina Keeper ... Nurse
Blake Taylor Blake Taylor ... Landlord
Joyce Krenz ... Landlady
Sharon Bajer Sharon Bajer ... Long Haired Woman
Jonathan Barrett Jonathan Barrett ... Boyfriend
Jan Skene ... Customer Service Rep
Wayne Nicklas Wayne Nicklas ... Large Officer
Martine Friesen Martine Friesen ... Social Worker
Laurette Rouillard Laurette Rouillard ... Cook
Arne MacPherson Arne MacPherson ... Guy
Shane Davidson Shane Davidson ... Counter Server
Lee J. Campbell Lee J. Campbell ... Construction Worker
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Two homeless men try to return a recently stolen base-board heater for the refund. Unsuccessful, they must find other ways to survive the night.

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A road movie without the Chevrolet.

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Drama

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2000 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Marble Island Pictures See more »
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Stereo

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Color
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The box containing the baseboard heater has the 'F & O' company logo. The lead actor's last names, Farmer and Ouimette, begin with 'F' and 'O'. See more »

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The Man: Wanna buy it? 20 bucks.
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A fine example of Canadian Filmmaking
17 July 2001 | by markmeiSee all my reviews

This film is enthralling, although somewhat stale compared to a higher budget release. The film is a deep look into all people, and as far as I can tell has little to do with being homeless.

In the movie, the man finds a baseboard heater - whether it be stolen or not, it makes little difference. The entire movie deals with a man trying so hard to sell this heater, all the while guarding it from other people who also want to sell it. Money seems to be his biggest objective. He has found a gift, and tries so hard to sell, all the while never thinking how it may benefit him (until the end of course).

I see it as a parallel to our everyday lives. We have all been given a precious gift - life. We spend our most of our lives either preparing to, or selling ourselves. We are too caught up trying to profit from something that was meant to be enjoyed. The movie is trying to get us to take a closer look at what is meaningful to us. Sometimes what is most important is completely overlooked.

This film was by far the most moving and eclectic piece I have ever seen. Its grey and independent feel make it that much more symbolic, almost giving away the fact that this movie isn't about entertainment. Also, the narrative in this film is very slim. The camera angles tell a story that words could never describe. The bitter cold Winnipeg winter paint a dull backdrop, leaving very little colour and again drawing our attention to detail.

I will see this movie again, and praise it all the more.


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