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My Prairie Home (2013)

Alberta singer/songwriter Rae Spoon reflects on gender identity, faith, and the challenges of family through songs and stories.


Chelsea McMullan
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Chase Constantino ... Deer
Rae Spoon ... Themselves


Canadian indie-folk musician Rae Spoon is followed on a concert tour via Greyhound bus through the prairies where they (a self-proclaimed pronoun as he or she are inadequate) grew up. Theirs is a life of dichotomies: being born biologically female, but identifying emotionally as male (hence the reason they does not identify as being a lesbian anymore); having what they describe as a difficult growing up period in the prairies in an evangelically Christian family with a tyrant father, yet embracing their past on the prairies as a shared history which has shaped the person they is; and pursuing a music career, a public oriented career, while realizing that being in the public eye opens them up to potentially dangerous personal situations, not only for them but also their girlfriend (their high school sweetheart), especially on the conservative prairies because of their transgendered status (which is why they assumed the gender neutral name Rae). Through this storytelling, Spoon performs... Written by Huggo

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A lovely and brilliant film
22 December 2020 | by mlwekSee all my reviews

My Prairie Home is a lovely and brilliant film. It does a great job at the outset of setting up the viewer's expectations. Our protagonist, Rae Spoon, whose made over a dozen cross-country trips on Greyhound buses, tells us there's " something meditative about traveling. You're confined to one spot, yet you're moving. You can't be where you're going yet, and you can't be where you left, so you end up in this in between space. You have to remain calm and not be too focused on where you're going or else you get impatient."

That's good advice for watching this film. My Prairie Home invites viewers to take a seat, look out the window at the passing scenery, listen, dream, and let the story wash over you.

There's lots to be had here in Rae's insights on her life and the gorgeous cinematography and visual transitions that complement the storyline. It's a unique perspective that doesn't often get a lot of airtime.

If you're here looking for a typical "transition" story, this is not it. You will best enjoy the journey if you don't think about the destination. What the film does offer is a poetic, lyrical, and quirky look at gender identify in the Prairies through the lens of an outsider who... belongs.

I'm looking forward to checking out McMullan's other work. What a gem!

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17 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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