The Business of Fancydancing (2002)
Average Rating: 5.7/10
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Shot on digital video and taking its title from his 1992 book of poetry, Sherman Alexie's The Business of Fancydancing is a portrait of the conflicted relationship between two Native American men. Aristotle Joseph (Gene Tagaban) and Seymour Polatkin (Evan Adams) had long been best friends by the time they left their Spokane reservation to attend college in Seattle. But while Seymour flourished in Seattle as a gay writer, Aristotle endured nothing but bad luck that led to growing resentment, both
Jan 1, 2002 Limited
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Where it goes wrong is in the combination of poetic sensibilities and run-of-the-mill narrative cinema.
It bristles with a passion and intelligence too intense to allow the film's style to seem pretentious.
Alexie's relatively novel take on the quintessentially American story of being stranded between cultures is compelling.
Pretentious when it should be penetrating, spasmodic when it means to be lyrical.
An often affecting, low-budget melodrama that is occasionally sabotaged by its economy of means.
This film makes it abundantly clear what happens to those who leave whatever culture they are part of, whether it be an ethnic group, a sexual group or an educational sphere.
An admirable DIY production, but [one] whose stylistic overreaches and poor execution drown out its aims and substance. Also, it's just pretty damn boring at times.
It won't be the smoothest ride you'll ever take on the cinematic reservation, but those who have traveled the washboards will understand that this film is the 'real deal.'
Parts are nice, but it lacks an overall cohesiveness. The Interviewer segments don't work on any level.
Contains many haunting moments and some striking shards of dialogue, but overall it's an uneven, often pretentious effort.
A highly personal meditation on the choices we make that define our identity.
Sparks with occasional flashes of wit and pathos, but it is mostly a well-intentioned mess.
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