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Indian Horse (2017)

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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

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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English

Release Date:

13 April 2018 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Cheval indien See more »

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Gross USA:

$2,000,971

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,000,971
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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.): They told me to tell my story...
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A good film for a very timely subject
10 June 2018 | by proud_ludditeSee all my reviews

Based on the novel by Richard Wagamese: in the 1960s, Saul Indian Horse (played at different times by Sladen Peltier, Forrest Goodluck, and Ajuawak Kapashesit) is an indigenous boy in northern Ontario who is forced into a Catholic residential school where he eventually develops exceptional skills as a hockey player.

In addition to successfully focusing on a personal story that reflects probably the worst part of Canada's history (more on that later), "Indian Horse" fascinates in some segments that involve conflicting values. One involves generations of an indigenous family in which an elder practices traditional spirituality while the younger adult generation (brainwashed in residential schools) insists that Christianity is the only acceptable belief system. In later scenes, interpretations of Christianity itself present a conflict in the residential school. On the one hand is a reforming priest who believes in a compassionate approach to the children; on the other is a nun (a true creature from hell) whose approach is literal and uses any means necessary to "Christianize" the children.

The film's conclusion is quite touching in its recollection of Saul's difficult past as he tries to come to terms with it.

The fact this film was made and distributed (and playing for more than a month in some theatres) is a victory in itself - not only because it is a film of good quality but mainly for frankly addressing some of the worst parts of Canadian history - recent and not so recent. Hopefully, similar stories will be told.


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