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Shane, an academically bright First Nations youth who recently graduated from high school, still lives on the reserve with his mother, Jackie. Especially with their house needing major repairs, they are having troubles making ends meet, with Shane needing to do most of the heavy financial lifting as Jackie is emotionally incapacitated from wallowing in her grief over the recent suicide of her daughter, Shane's sister, Destiny. Although Shane openly has long been in a relationship with Tara, he, still in the closet, has as long been in a clandestine relationship with David. Suspicions abound at least among their peers that David is gay, such rumors which do not apply to Shane. Shane wants to move to Toronto to go to school, and wants David to come with him. Shane's plan is not only to make a better life for himself, but so that he and David can live an open life together, something he knows they cannot do on the reserve. David, however, wants to stay on the reserve to enact positive ...Written by
Before watching, I was a little surprised by the avg 4.9 rating here and the fact that Netflix predicted I'd love it. Normally, if a film has fewer than 6 stars, it's a real dud. Not this one.
This film has a number of weaknesses (scenes that don't quite fit or seem a little forced) and strengths (editing, filming, acting are all very good). It's a coming-of-age story that, for me, didn't come off very well (the main storyline needed a bit more substance) but still held my interest. I liked a number of the characters and felt I was getting to see a bit of what may be going on a few hundred miles north of me--at least to a degree. In the end, the picture was satisfying enough where I was glad I saw it.
If the low rating is still there, yet you're reading the reviews to see if you want to invest a little time, give it a try. It certainly isn't for everyone. I doubt I'll ever own the DVD. But if you're interested, it is well-done enough that it may speak to you or be good entertainment.
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