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Falling Angels (2003)

Not Rated | | Drama | 15 April 2005 (USA)
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1969 in suburban small town Canada. Ex-military man Jim Field, married with three high school aged daughters, wants to portray having the perfect, loving family to the outside world, which ... See full summary »

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Scott Smith

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Esta Spalding, Barbara Gowdy (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miranda Richardson ... Mary Field
Callum Keith Rennie ... Jim Field
Katharine Isabelle ... Lou Field
Kristin Adams ... Sandy Field
Monté Gagné Monté Gagné ... Norma Field
Mark McKinney ... Reg and Ron
Carman Fielding Carman Fielding ... Young Lou
Courtney Goodison Courtney Goodison ... Young Sandy
Melissa Brown Melissa Brown ... Young Norma
Kett Turton ... Tom
Ingrid Nilson ... Stella
Kristina Hughes Kristina Hughes ... Sherry
Jonathan Bastian Jonathan Bastian ... Dave
Josh Strait Josh Strait ... Reporter
Chris Scott Chris Scott ... Gym Teacher
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1969 in suburban small town Canada. Ex-military man Jim Field, married with three high school aged daughters, wants to portray having the perfect, loving family to the outside world, which is anything but reality largely based on his behavior and thus relationships with the other family members. While trying to be what he considers the model father, he cheats on his wife and is a bit of a blowhard. A prime example of his behavior was several years earlier canceling a family vacation to Disneyland impromptu in favor of a two week nuclear attack simulation, taking the family to live during that time in the locked bomb shelter in their backyard. His wife Mary, a former dancer, suffers from chronic clinical depression, exacerbated by family events including her relationship with Jim. Regardless, Jim truly has a protective attitude toward her. She spends most of her time in a semi-comatose state in front of the television while the girls help her self-medicate with alcohol. Each of the ... Written by Huggo

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Canada | France

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English

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15 April 2005 (USA) See more »

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Angeli caduti See more »

Filming Locations:

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada See more »

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CAD 4,300,000 (estimated)
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Not a comedy
20 February 2014 | by roedygSee all my reviews

This is billed as a comedy, but it is not. It is a story of a highly dysfunctional family.

The house is decorated in the most ugly 1960s style you could conceive. The furnishings came from a thrift store.

The father is a bully, though he stops just short of beating his family. He threatens them with guns. He is a bit like the Great Santini, pushing his family around as if he were a drill Sargent. He later becomes an alcoholic.

Mom is an alcoholic, barely conscious.

The three daughters are fat, and not very bright. One smokes non-stop. One gets pregnant by a gross older man. They are selfish and unkind to each other.

Only one character is in the least sympathetic, the fattest daughter, a lesbian, with a flair for carpentry.

There are a couple of awkward sex scenes which are funny in their dreadfulness.

The movie opens with mom in a casket. The film winds back in time to explore how that came to be.

It is a bitter film, not a funny one.


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