American Venus (2007)

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A competitive figure skater with Olympic aspirations turns her back on the sport by escaping to Canada in director Bruce Sweeney's border hopping family drama. Celia (Rebecca De Mornay) is an uncompromising coach determined to push her daughter Jenna (Jane McGregor) towards an Olympic gold metal. After Jenna's routine in the national figure skating finals proves less than stellar, the dejected young girl decides to escape her demanding mother by fleeing to Vancouver. Though Jenna's father is diligent in keeping his daughter's current location a secret from the fierce Celia, the gun-toting mother's determination ultimately proves too powerful to deny and she is soon off to collect her daughter. Upon attempting to cross the border, Celia begins to get a taste of just how different life in Canada is when the border guards take possession of her registered firearm. It seems that Jenna too has grown weary of living in a land where aggression does not stand, leaving both mother and daughter adrift in some strange land that neither can truly call home.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Drama
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Studio:
Brightlight Pictures

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Cast

Jane McGregor
as Jenna Lane
Rebecca De Mornay
as Celia Lane
Matt Craven
as Bob Lane
Anna Amoroso
as Michelle
D. Harlan Cutshall
as American Customs Agent
Cam Cronin
as Counterperson
Vincent Gale
as Crack Dealer
Eric Hempsall
as Cam Lane
Nicholas Lea
as Dougie
Benjamin Ratner
as Paul the Cabbie
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Critic Reviews for American Venus

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

Never settling on a consistent tone or establishing a convincing context for its central character, the movie ultimately seems to grow bored even with itself.

Full Review… | October 12, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Writer-helmer Bruce Sweeney can't decide if the lead figure is a comic caricature or pathetic mental case; his resolution is so desultory it feels like he ceased caring.

Full Review… | September 20, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

As a filmmaker with a gift for social satire, Sweeney isn't at his best focusing almost exclusively on one character.

Full Review… | September 5, 2007
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Trouble is, there isn't enough going on to keep a viewer engaged.

Full Review… | October 12, 2007
Jam! Movies

...a strange, almost indescribable little movie...

Full Review… | September 14, 2007
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Audience Reviews for American Venus

½

Writer-helmer Bruce Sweeney can't decide if the lead figure is a comic caricature or pathetic mental case; his resolution is so desultory it feels like he ceased caring.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

It's not predictable and the movie has some unexpected twists. The acting is good, the story is a little underdeveloped however, too much is not explained. It never bored me though.

James Higgins
James Higgins
½

Another movie I disliked. Celia is a disturbed woman who is addicted to handguns and needs to manipulate the people around her, especially her daughter. But I learned nothing by watching it, other than perhaps an appreciation for Canada's gun laws.

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