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The Nature of Nicholas (2002)

The Nature of Nicholas is a surreal fable that follows twelve-year-old Nicholas as he struggles with an intense attraction to his best friend, Bobby. Nicholas is obsessed with his friend ... See full summary »

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Jeff Erbach

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Ken Chubb (story editor), Jeff Erbach
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jeff Sutton Jeff Sutton ... Nicholas
David Turnbull David Turnbull ... Bobby
Ardith Boxall Ardith Boxall ... Mother
Tom McCamus ... Father
Robert Huculak Robert Huculak ... Roy (as Bob Huculak)
Katherine Lee Raymond Katherine Lee Raymond ... Jenna
Samantha Hill ... Vicki
Erica Zawadowski Erica Zawadowski ... Kimberley
Blake Taylor Blake Taylor ... Doctor / Teacher / Realtor Man
Rhiannon Benedict Rhiannon Benedict ... Realtor Woman
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The Nature of Nicholas is a surreal fable that follows twelve-year-old Nicholas as he struggles with an intense attraction to his best friend, Bobby. Nicholas is obsessed with his friend Bobby. Bobby's feelings are less clear. At times he seems to share Nicholas's fascination, but then appears more interested in making inroads with the girls at school. All this leaves young Nicholas very confused. When images of Nicholas's absent father start to appear to him, the boy is understandably frightened. This curious figure gives Nicholas the impression he is pressing his young son closer to the girls in his life and away from Bobby. This only leads to increased anxiety and fear in Nicholas. Fearing that Bobby is drifting away from him, Nicholas takes a chance and kisses him. Bobby is taken aback and storms out. Because of his shame, Bobby undergoes a type of 'splitting' where a decrepit, ghoulish version of him is separated from his healthy self. Nicholas is immediately drawn to this ... Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La naturaleza de Nicholas See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Traymasters' review is far more coherent than the movie
5 February 2011 | by pyxSee all my reviews

I hate pretentious movies that try so hard to be art that they forget to be entertaining. This movie falls into that category. I'm not really a fan of abstract surrealism at the best of times, but bleak self-loathing surrealism can just go take a jump in the lake! The trouble with symbolism is that if it needs a guide book to tell you what's going on (especially symbolism in movies where the viewer doesn't have the time to dissect every nuance), I think it fails. It just becomes a series of directorial in-jokes. I don't mind challenging film. I can stomach dark movies. But this simply failed to reward the effort.

Furthermore, none of the non-surreal relationships (Nicholas and Bobby, Nicholas and his mother, mother and boyfriend) were remotely credible, so my mind was constantly tussling with the disbelief about their relationships, long before the actual surreal stuff started happening.

This movie had the potential to be really worthwhile, with some mature performances from the young leads forging the way, but instead it disappeared right up its own self-indulgent rectum.

Read traymasters' review above, then save yourself the time of actually watching the movie. His review is far more meaningful and lucid than the actual movie!


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