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Indian Horse (2017)

Follows the life of Canadian First Nations boy, Saul Indian Horse, as he survives residential school and life amongst the racism of the 1970s. A talented hockey player, Saul must find his own path as he battles sterotypes and alcoholism.

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... Saul (6 Yrs.)
... Saul (15 Yrs.)
... Saul (22 Yrs.)
... Father Gaston
... Jack Lanahan
... Father Quinney
Edna Manitowabi ... Naomi
... Ruth
... Sam
Skye Pelletier ... Benjamin (11 Yrs.)
... Evan
Lisa Cromarty ... Karen
... Fred Kelly
... Virgil
... Buddy Blackwolf
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Follows the life of Canadian First Nations boy, Saul Indian Horse, as he survives residential school and life amongst the racism of the 1970s. A talented hockey player, Saul must find his own path as he battles sterotypes and alcoholism.

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13 April 2018 (Canada)  »

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That a good portion of this movie was filmed in the surrounding area of Killarney Ontario. A small town of 300 people See more »

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Father Gaston: You are a glory, Saul.
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Some scores early on, penalties later
22 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

I actually had a chance to meet Richard Wagamese very shortly before he died; he was an inspirational figure. I knew he had written novels about the residential school experience. Soon we're going to get the great Canadian film about the tragedy, but so far there haven't been many attempts. Indian Horse seemed like a promising candidate, but falls short.

In ways a sports movie as much (or more) than a story about the residential schools, Indian Horse rarely rises above TV movie-level in its direction. There are some great shots- the first glimpse of the nun coldly looking down on the children, flashbacks when toys are being thrown onto the ice and how these toys blend into the memories- but these are few. The film starts off with a strong look at the cruelties of the school under Catholic control, but veers from that. (Incidentally, Canada's association of Catholic bishops recently released a letter denying involvement in residential schools. This is a blatant lie, or put in their words, bearing false witness under God). Part of the drift away from a strong film involves the less-than-stellar performance of Ajuawak Kapashesit. This is a decent film, but we should be looking for more.


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