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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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Cheval indien  »

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Based on the award winning novel by Richard Wagamese; Indian Horse. See more »

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Father Gaston: You are a glory, Saul.
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Poorly acted
31 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Here are some lovely performances from the younger actors, but for the most part the cast fails to support the weighty material.

Director Campanelli (Momentum) and screenwriter Dennis Foon (Life Above All) are clearly trying to pack as much of Wagamese's book into a feature film as possible. But their approach renders most of the secondary characters one-dimensional, leaving actors like Michael Murphy, Michiel Huisman and Martin Donovan struggling to breathe life into bland expository dialogue.

The three actors who play Saul Indian Horse over some 30 years of his life - Sladen Peltier, Forrest Goodluck and Ajuawak Kapashesit - are uniformly terrific all others should look into a different field of work, and the film does have its moments. But there's no doubt in my mind that the story would be better served at miniseries length.


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