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The Business of Fancydancing (2002)



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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 against white society and his best friend. Although Aristotle returned to the reservation, Seymour remained in Seattle. Now, 15 years later, the sudden death of their mutual childhood friend brings Seymour back to the reservation -- without his white boyfriend -- where he must cope with his status as the de facto mouthpiece for his people and his estranged relationship with both Aristotle, who seems to be growing more violent by the day, and also Agnes (Michelle St. John), his one-time college girlfriend. The Business of Fancydancing was screened at the 2002 Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival.


Evan Adams
as Seymour Polatkin
Gene Tagaban
as Aristotle Joseph
Rebecca Carroll
as The Interviewer
Leo Rossi
as Mr. Williams
Arthur Tulee
as Junior One
Jim Boyd
as Junior Two
Jennifer Kreisberg
as Salmon Girl
Ron Otis
as White Motorist
William Joseph Elk III
as Tarvern Father
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Critic Reviews for The Business of Fancydancing

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (10)

Feels a bit like a racy after-school special.

November 27, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Where it goes wrong is in the combination of poetic sensibilities and run-of-the-mill narrative cinema.

October 25, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

It bristles with a passion and intelligence too intense to allow the film's style to seem pretentious.

October 24, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Alexie's relatively novel take on the quintessentially American story of being stranded between cultures is compelling.

October 24, 2002 | Full Review…
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Pretentious when it should be penetrating, spasmodic when it means to be lyrical.

October 18, 2002 | Rating: 1.5/4
New York Post
Top Critic

An often affecting, low-budget melodrama that is occasionally sabotaged by its economy of means.

October 17, 2002 | Rating: 3/5
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Business of Fancydancing


A captivating film!

Leo L
Leo L

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