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Canvas (2006)

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A woman's schizophrenia affects her relationships with her husband and son.

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Joseph Greco

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Joseph Greco
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Griffin Miner Griffin Miner ... Young Chris
Marcia Gay Harden ... Mary Marino
Devon Gearhart ... Chris Marino
Julie Upton ... Aunt Joanne
Joe Pantoliano ... John Marino
Harriet Oser Harriet Oser ... Mrs. Greer
Bill Erfurth ... Officer Savage
Marcus Johns ... Sam
Sophi Bairley ... Dawn (as Sophia Bairley)
Barbara Sloan Barbara Sloan ... Dawns Mother
Ronald McCullen Ronald McCullen ... Construction Worker
Danny Kennedy Danny Kennedy ... Tony
Christopher Campbell Christopher Campbell ... Frank
Paul Lasa ... Hector Villarosa
Antony Del Rio ... Gregg (as Anthony Del Rio)
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A woman's schizophrenia affects her relationships with her husband and son.

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements | See all certifications »
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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 2008 (Canada) See more »

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Aus tiefster Seele See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,100, 14 October 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$32,525, 21 October 2007
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joseph Greco: The scene at 41:55 of the South Florida State Hospital as Chris sees it through a chain link fence is a cameo of sorts - the director is one of the "workers" walking past the building, "not because I wanted to, but because we had no one else and I needed someone in the background, walking, to liven up the shot." See more »

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When Chris is pouring himself a bowl of cereal the front of the cereal box is facing him (at around 13 mins). The next camera angle shows him holding the cereal box with the back of the box facing him (at around 15 mins). See more »

Quotes

John Marino: You thought of a name for the boat yet?
Chris Marino: How 'bout "pain in the butt."
John Marino: So you want me to name it after you.
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Referenced in Make or Break TV: EZ Streets (2008) See more »

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Too Deep
Written and performed by Lisbeth Scott
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Coping with Madness
1 February 2008 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

CANVAS is an autobiographical story by writer/director Joseph Greco and knowing that fact helps to forgive some of the weaknesses of the film. The story - how a family copes with the presence of paranoid schizophrenia and survives - comes from the heart and is as frank a film about the subject of mental illness as any out there. And for all the inherent tendencies to play it as a soap opera, the overriding effect is one of sharing lives challenged by the presence of a crushing disease.

Mary Marino (Marcia Gay Harden) has been afflicted with paranoid schizophrenia for nearly two years and her disease has affected her marriage to her working husband John (Joe Pantoliano in his best role to date) and her eleven year old son Chris (Devon Gearhart): John misses work to care for Mary and still pay for her mounting hospitalization and medical bills and Chris suffers abuse form his mocking school friends, frequently having to explain away his mother's erratic behavior. Mary paints (therapy) the same scene repeatedly, hears voices, and finally refuses to stay on her meds, a fact that results in her long-term hospitalization in a Psychiatric Hospital. John and Chris continue to love Mary despite the radical changes in their lives and each finds a means of coping: John goes on sick leave to build a sailboat for his wife and son in his backyard (he and Mary met and fell in love on a sailboat), and Chris takes up one of Mary's hobbies - sewing patches on shirts - and finds an audience and acceptance and income at his school. How the father and son survive and conquer their challenge presented by the mental illness of Mary serves to provide the ending to this story.

Each of the actors is excellent, especially Pantoliano. Harden is a solid actress but the script fails to capture the essence of her response to her disease. The film feels disjointed and inconsistent and has holes of undeveloped subplots and lines of thought that keep the movie grounded. But knowing that the story is true encourages the viewer to forgive the flaws and appreciate the tough subject matter that should help every viewer to better understand the effect of mental illness on a family. Grady Harp


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