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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.

Writers:

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 ... 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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Drama

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Toured film festivals starting in December 2017, including the Toronto International Film Festival and the Vancouver International Film Festival. See more »

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Saul (22 Yrs.): One day, my great-grandfather, Shabogeesick, walked out of the bush leading a strange black animal. Our people had never seen such a creature, and were afraid. It is a horse, he told them, and it comes bearing great teachings. A thunder will crash through our hearts and minds, and we must learn to ride the horses of change. It is what the future asks of us. Our survival depends on it.
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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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