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Story

Canadian writer-director Thom Fitzgerald won awards for this unusual memory piece about a gay man (Chris Leavins) who returns home to his sister's wedding and the garden where he may or may not have made a tragic decision as an unhappy teen. Fitzgerald alters reality and indulges in quirks without any comment: past and present mingle, the eyes of statues move, and the whole thing drips with rain, portent, and an unpredictable sense of humor. His film will frustrate anyone wanting easy answers (or, in some cases, any answers at all) and it is, perhaps, aggressively unconventional. But its raw edges have a freshness to them, and Fitzgerald's people and events feel unusually alive (Kerry Fox is particularly fine as the brassy sibling). He doesn't view his characters in one dimension, seeing them instead as ever-blooming creatures of history, dreams, superstition, and regret. --Steve Wiecking

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Sarah Polley
Kerry Fox
Chris Leavins

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Thom Fitzgerald
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 91 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMay 15, 1998
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 3, 2003
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