American Venus

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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.

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Critic Reviews for American Venus

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  • 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.

    Oct 12, 2007 | Rating: 2/4
  • 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.

    Sep 21, 2007

    Dennis Harvey

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

    Sep 6, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
    Globe and Mail
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  • ...a strange, almost indescribable little movie...

    Sep 15, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Venus

  • Jul 14, 2008
    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.
    Red L Super Reviewer

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