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The Lesser Blessed (2012)

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A drama centered on a First Nations teenager trying to find his place in the modern world.

Director:

Anita Doron

Writers:

Anita Doron, Richard Van Camp (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Evans Joel Evans ... Larry Sole (as Joel Nathan Evans)
Kiowa Gordon ... Johnny Beck
Chloe Rose ... Juliet Hope
Adam Butcher ... Darcy McManus
Tamara Podemski ... Verna Sole
Benjamin Bratt ... Jed
Lucius Hoyos ... Donny Beck
Jacob Neayem ... Clarence Jerome
Spencer Van Wyck ... Kevin Garner
Dylan Cobbs Dylan Cobbs ... Merc Junior
David Boyce David Boyce ... Mr. Harrister
Marie-Claire Marcotte Marie-Claire Marcotte ... Mademoiselle Simon
Alyssa Roy Alyssa Roy ... Jesse Snow
Dylan Cook Dylan Cook ... Moustache Sammy
Krista Bridges ... Auntie
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First Nations teenager Larry Sole, who lives with his mother Verna Sole and her boyfriend Jed, an outdoor guide often away for work, in Fort Simmer, Northwest Territories, moved there three years ago following what Larry classifies as the "accident". As Larry doesn't partake in what most of his peers in the town do, he is literally and figuratively an outsider, not having any friends. The one person he does know from before their time in Fort Simmer, Darcy McManus, bullies him, with Larry refusing to fight back. They were once friends, but one specific incident in their past led to why Darcy now taunts him. Darcy is also the one person among their peers that knows the reason for Larry and Verna having moved to Fort Simmer, that being the accident. One thing that keeps Larry preoccupied is his infatuation with classmate, Juliet Hope. Things have the potential to change for Larry when he is befriended by a new classmate, Johnny Beck, a tough guy who may be able to guide Larry in some ... Written by Huggo

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You can't have a future until you stand up to your past.

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Drama

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Rated R for drug and alcohol use, violence, language and sexual content - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 September 2012 (Canada) See more »

Filming Locations:

Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

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Production Co:

First Generation Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The name of the high school in the movie is R.V. Camp High School. In reality, Richard Van Camp is the author of the source novel for this movie. See more »

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References Rocky (1976) See more »

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Rough Teen Drama in the North
15 October 2013 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Larry Sole (Joel Evans) is a loner native teen living in Canada's north. His oddness and his dark past has made him a constant target of the school bully. He is hopelessly infatuated with Juliet Hope (Chloe Rose). One day he's rescued from another bullying by Johnny Beck (Kiowa Gordon). The three high school kids would deal with intense issues that will change their lives.

Joel Evans does a lot of mumble acting. He's mostly a low energy character, with some explosive anger. It does fit the character, but he needs more intensity not just when he's fighting. Chole Rose and Kiowa Gordon also do a pretty good job. Anita Doron is the writer/director. The movie needs more pace. There are too many slow spots. It also need more style to emphasize the isolation and the culture of the north. It's understandable since this was filmed in Sudbury and not the extreme north. But the movie is missing that something that would otherwise make this a unique movie. It plays like an average teen melodrama with some dark intense issues.


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