We finally got a chance to see this movie. I missed the local screening, and while we had the DVD zip-listed for ages, it never quite percolated to the top of our queue. Friends kept offering to lend it to us, but we all kept forgetting.
It’s a pretty enjoyable film. I think it’s well-made. The casting is good, the story line is believable and, while not complex, there’s a depth to it. It won a number of prestigious awards, and I think rightfully so.
What fun, though, for a family who knows every nook and cranny of the Slocan Lake area, and that knows most of the minor actors and extras. An independent film, it was filmed on a small budget without elaborate sets. It was filmed in the local hotel restaurant (we even knew which table they were sitting at), at the little bay a few minutes north, on main street across from our second-favourite café. And, since the film is set in contemporary New Denver, we didn’t see our town blurred by the filter of history, like we did with The War Between Us, which was also set and filmed here.
I would swear we know most of the characters in the (fictional) plot. Nealon sure captured the spirit and personality of the area he grew up in. I’d highly recommend this film to anyone who is curious about the kind of place we live. Not for young children. There are some suggestive scenes and some discussion of sex and drug use.