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Drunktown's Finest (2014)

Unrated | | Drama | 20 February 2015 (USA)
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Three young Native Americans - an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual - strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.

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Sydney Freeland

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Sydney Freeland (screenwriter)
9 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Jeremiah Bitsui ... Luther SickBoy Maryboy
Carmen Moore Carmen Moore ... Felixia
MorningStar Angeline ... Nizhoni Smiles (as Morning Star Wilson)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tailinh Agoyo Tailinh Agoyo ... Mrs. Young
Loren Anthony ... Drunk #2
Shauna Baker ... Karah
Pierre Barrera Pierre Barrera ... Mr. Omaha
Amber Dawn Bear Robe Amber Dawn Bear Robe ... Roweena
Magdalena Begay Magdalena Begay ... Max Maryboy
Ryan Begay ... Officer Nakai
Shaundene Begay Shaundene Begay ... Roxy
Luis Bordonada ... Kenneth
Peshawn Bread Peshawn Bread ... Krystal
Brigaier Brown Brigaier Brown ... Model #2
James Burnett James Burnett ... Travis
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Three young Native Americans - an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual - strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.

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Without balance, we cannot endure.

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The three leads are all part-Navajo, as well as several supporting actors. See more »

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Harmon, John: Oh, the eagle coming to visit us. You know what that means?
Nizhoni Smiles: No, what?
Harmon, John: It's a sign of good things to happen.
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Wow...a movie that actually seems to care about the acting!
13 February 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Drunktown's Finest" is a film that just recently debuted at Sundance and will soon have a wider release. It's by a new director, Sydney Freeland, and it's an amazing debut effort--mostly because the emphasis is on the acting! It seems that the executive producer, Robert Redford, made an excellent choice in having Freeland helm this story.

The film is set on a Navajo reservation. Although Ms. Freeland's biography on IMDb is scant, I did some research and found out that she actually grew up on one of these reservations herself and that is why this story seems so personal and unlike any other film I've seen on Native Americans. "Drunktown's Finest" consists of a story about three people who are struggling with their identity and their stories eventually intertwine during the course of the film.

There is a young lady who has grown up off the reservation, as she was adopted at a young age and was brought up on the other side of the country by white parents. She is struggling to reconcile her adoptive parents religion and values with her own biology and a need to learn more about her people. Another is a very angry and self- destructive young man who plans on joining the military as his way off the reservation and to a more stable life. The last is the most unusual, as it's about someone who is transgender and leads a very promiscuous and directionless life. It's also unusual because the filmmakers were actually able to find an actual transgender Navajo (Carmen Moore) to act this part.

The film is very unusual in that it manages to tell a compelling story because the focus is on the acting and the characters. Freeland does an excellent job of allowing these actors to act and not embellish the tale with special effects, wild plot devices and the like. It's all about the acting in this film. It's also important that it really doesn't matter much what you think about LGBT issues, American Indian culture or any of the issues brought up in this film. Sure I didn't like or necessarily agree with everything I saw in the film but the movie did NOT attempt to preach at the audience or give you the answers. Some might dislike this vagueness as well as the ending where everything isn't tied up neatly into a nice little package. I see it as just an opportunity to expose you to another way of life and a people who are most likely different from the people in your own life. This is a story that is never dull and I really look forward to seeing more from these folks.


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