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After years of being home schooled by hippie parents, Emerson is enrolled at his local high school. The intelligent and androgynous youth confounds his classmates and captures the attention... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Webber ... Emerson
Robert Joy ... Rog
Rebecca Jenkins Rebecca Jenkins ... Kaya
Daniel MacIvor ... Don
Kathryn MacLellan ... Ms. McPherson
Drew O'Hara Drew O'Hara ... Todd
Ryan Hartigan Ryan Hartigan ... Jeff
Geordie Brown Geordie Brown ... Buddy
Callum Keith Rennie ... Denny
Jackie Torrens Jackie Torrens ... Claire
Lisa Lelliott Lisa Lelliott ... Massage Guest
Leah Fassett Leah Fassett ... Laura
Samantha Spencer Samantha Spencer ... Debra
Rebecca Regan Rebecca Regan ... Teri
Marguerite McNeil Marguerite McNeil ... Don's Mother
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After years of being home schooled by hippie parents, Emerson is enrolled at his local high school. The intelligent and androgynous youth confounds his classmates and captures the attention of his English teacher. The teacher-student relationship leads to problems for everyone involved. Written by Anonymous

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Who was YOUR first crush?

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Canada

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English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

8 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Révélations See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,949, 6 April 2007

Gross USA:

$11,445
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Dolby Digital

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was written in two weeks then filmed in 15 days. See more »

Quotes

Rog: How often do you masturbate?
Emerson Thorsen: After every meal. I floss, too.
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Connections

Featured in Whole New Thing: Deleted Scenes (2007) See more »

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I Believe In the Good Of Life
Words and Music by Joel Gibb
Performed by The Hidden Cameras
Published by A Common Enemy
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Flower (grand) Child
7 April 2006 | by fnorfulSee all my reviews

Well-acted with very believable characters, we follow the story arc of 13-year old Emerson being forced out of the home-schooling nest by his free-spirit, eco-friendly hippies-cum-parents into the harsh (I'm sure by Canadian standards) world of public education.

This event is a catalyst for Emerson (predictably) and for his parents and new teacher (not so predictably). For Emerson it is all new wounds, for his parents and teacher it is a reevaluation and in some senses an awakening.

This is a thoroughly pleasant study of idealism accommodating reality, the (sometimes) thin line between romantic love vs fraternal love, romantic sex vs lustful sex, and friendship vs fraternity. And it's a nicely developed story of coming of age, coming out of the closet and coming to your senses.

I would like to think of this as a good movie for all ages, but perhaps I'm too liberal and open-minded/lax in discipline. As 10% films go, it just barely qualifies; the gay theme is subordinate to the stories of the individuals, each with their individual histories, needs, and future.


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