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The Lesser Blessed2012

  • 3.5
Premiered to critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and based on the celebrated novel by Richard Van Camp, THE LESSER BLESSED is an eye-opening depiction of what it is like to be a vulnerable teenager in today’s modern world. Through the eyes of Larry Sole, a First Nations teenager filled with bravado and angst, fragile and yet angry, seeking clarity clouded by confusion, seeking to belong without belonging, comes the story of three unlikely friends isolated in a small rural town discovering what they can of life and love amid racial tensions and the recklessness of youth, in a world clouded by a dark mystery from his past.

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This is a tough film to write about. The scenes are often quite short, yet they produce slices of the life of a young man haunted by the terrible memory of sexual molestation and his fiery revenge that affected him physically and mentally through his youth. It's apparent that he told no one about the sexual incident by his friend's father, and is scorned by many people. His love for Juliet is tender, and their one magical moment stands out as the film's finest. In the end he knows himself better and learns to live with his deformity. He also knows that his mother and her lover will form a bond that includes him as well. There are conversations throughout the film that were difficult to understand. I wish this movie had been sub-titled. All in all, a moody and sensitive film.

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