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Empire of Dirt (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 7 January 2014 (USA)
Three generations of First Nations women struggle to deal with the demons of their past.

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Peter Stebbings

Writer:

Shannon Masters
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cara Gee ... Lena Mahikan
Shay Eyre Shay Eyre ... Peeka Mahikan
Barbara Gordon Barbara Gordon ... Mrs. Armstrong
Jean Yoon ... Tess
Shannon Kook ... Angel
Jaiden Mitchell ... Little Wing
Doug Bedard Doug Bedard ... Doug
Tonya Williams ... Sandra (as Tonya Lee Williams)
Raoul Bhaneja ... Doctor Gaffney
Joris Jarsky ... Neil
Jennifer Podemski ... Minnie Mahikan
Jordan Prentice ... Warren Fensky
Sarah Manninen ... Anna
Michael Cram ... Doc Baker
Kate Corbett ... Wendy
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Three generations of First Nations women struggle to deal with the demons of their past.

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Language:

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7 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Running Wolf See more »

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Sunderland, Ontario, Canada See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Pleasant enough
7 December 2013 | by ReganRebeccaSee all my reviews

Empire of Dirt is a rather clichéd tale, the story of drop-out single mom Lena who, despite managing to get herself clean and working as a community leader for other struggling aboriginal youth, finds herself struggling to support her troubled teenage daughter. When her resources run out she returns to the town of her birth and reconnects with the family and friends she was once so quick to let go of as a pregnant teenage mother so many years ago.

Despite the trite storyline which neatly skips over the usual beats of the story, the movie is somewhat rescued by the lovely performance of its three leads. Newcomer Cara Gee appears in nearly every frame of the movie and acts natural and graceful and Shay Eyre as her teenage daughter Peeka matches her beat for beat with the two having a believable mother/daughter chemistry.

The movie is also lovingly shot and the camera luxuriates on the outdoor beauty of the town of Lena's birth.


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