This is a very Canadian movie, not only in the use of the gorgeous
cross-country scenery that provides both a backdrop and a reflective
commentary on the main character's personal search but also because of
it is patently outside the realm of the "regular" Hollywood (i.e.
American) fare. This is not to suggest that only Canucks can enjoy or
appreciate this wonderful, warm-hearted, evocative, simple story
because the plot line and embedded themes are universal and timeless.
There is a leisurely quality to this narrative and a kind of
inevitability to the whole story that makes it poignant yet full of
strength at the same time. The voice-over done by a sonorously voiced
Campbell Scott works so well that far from being intrusive as most
add-ons are, it (he) becomes a character in his (its) own right.
This is one of those "festival sleepers" that will never have wide
distribution but which will delight and uplift any who see it..
Low Budget but Bearable
I was fortunate to get a free pass for this film. This definitely is a
common theme but not "Canadian" as much as a typical "Torontonian"
style indy. In other words the usual white upper middle class
characters combined with clever and articulate dialogue/narration. I
was half expecting to see a cameo with Don McKellar. Anyway, in spite
of the anticlimactic ending Joshua"s performance was good enough to
make the film bearable if not believable. Except for the obvious stock
footage(and not in historical reference) the film also looked very good
on screen, excellent cinematography. This may do well at film festivals
especially those outside of Canada but I doubt it will be a huge
success at the box office unless the marketing mainstream and online