Belizaire the Cajun (2011)
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This inexpensive but effusively energetic film is set in Louisiana's Cajun country of the 19th century. Belizaire (Armand Assante), unofficial spokesman for his people, butts heads with local bigots who want to rid the area of Cajuns. Belizaire's former girlfriend (Gail Youngs) is now the common-law wife of the film's main antagonist (Will Patton), the son of a wealthy landowner. When Patton is murdered, the locals try to pin the blame on the rabble-rousing Belizaire. He confesses, but only to
Mar 25, 2011 Limited
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The film is plagued by too many long, dead moments in which the story doesn't seem to be getting anywhere and attention wanders.
Another ethnic group -- Cajuns, this time -- suffers the patronizing ministrations of the American Independent Cinema.
It's billed as a romantic comedy, but Cajun humor, like crawfish gumbo, takes some getting used to.
Belizaire has personality and quiet charm and a lot of affection, mixed in with the more predictable action elements.
An early, interesting indie about the Cajuns that came out of Sundance Film Fest.
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