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Indian Horse (2017)

Not Rated | | Drama | 13 April 2018 (Canada)
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Follows the life of Native Canadian 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 stereotypes and alcoholism.

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Dennis Foon, Richard Wagamese (based on the novel by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sladen Peltier ... Saul (6 Yrs.)
Forrest Goodluck ... Saul (15 Yrs.)
Ajuawak Kapashesit ... Saul (22 Yrs.)
Michiel Huisman ... Father Gaston
Martin Donovan ... Jack Lanahan
Michael Murphy ... Father Quinney
Edna Manitowabi Edna Manitowabi ... Naomi
Melanie McLaren ... Ruth
Johnny Issaluk ... Sam
Skye Pelletier Skye Pelletier ... Benjamin (11 Yrs.)
Evan Adams ... Evan
Lisa Cromarty ... Karen
Michael Lawrenchuk ... Fred Kelly
Will Strongheart Will Strongheart ... Virgil
Tristen Marty-Pahtaykan ... Buddy Blackwolf
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Follows the life of Native Canadian 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 stereotypes and alcoholism.

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That a good portion of this movie was filmed in the surrounding area of Killarney, Ontario. A small town of three hundred 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 gizmomogwaiSee 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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$2,097,362

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