Limb Salesman (2004)

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GABRIEL GOODE is The Limb Salesman -- a disgraced doctor who regenerates limbs on the black market. When GOODE travels to the water mining regions of the north to heal the cherished daughter of a wealthy water miner, dark family secrets are revealed, and Goode is forced to make the ultimate sacrifice. A story of forbidden love in a dystopian future. -- © Darius Films
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NR
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Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Critic Reviews for Limb Salesman

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
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... a curiously listless affair.

April 28, 2006
Globe and Mail
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... a fitfully interesting low-budget movie made wobbly by the excess conceptual freight it's required to carry.

Full Review… | April 28, 2006
Toronto Star
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Full Review… | June 30, 2006
Jam! Movies

... Granofsky's The Limb Salesman should find sympathetic audiences in every corner of the planet.

Full Review… | January 3, 2005

Pretentious and confusing, it's impossible not to wonder just what the point of all this is supposed to be.

Full Review… | November 6, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Limb Salesman

Also known as "Re-Generation," it's essentially a melodrama about a crippled woman who learns to walk, her domineering father and their dysfunctional family. The hackneyed plot is overlaid with a thin gloss of science fiction; the crippled woman is a mutant who was born without legs and her father runs an ice-mining corporation that provides water to a city in a future version of Canada in which all the world's water has become non-potable due to something never specified. A doctor who makes his living grafting lab-grown limbs onto limbless mutants shows has been hired to fix the mutant daughter's problems and he gets entangled in the family's intrigues. The nearly-action-free screenplay concludes with something that's supposed to be a bit like an O. Henry ending, but not before we get to see the seedy underbelly of the limb-growing industry and a few of the doctor's recurrent nightmares about lesbians... for whatever unexplained reason he has those (aside from providing something to break up the monotony of the film). It's hard to find anything about this flick to enjoy. The acting is incredibly stiff throughout, sometimes reminiscent of John Lovitz' "Master Thespian" character from Saturday Night Live ("I'm acting!") The story has been done to death. Even the way shots are framed is reminiscent at times of a film student trying to emulate Ingmar Bergman. If the film is trying to make any point at all, as dour and earnest as it is, it never becomes apparent. Talentless, flaccid and drab, "The Limb Salesman" is "The Helen Keller Story" meets "Dallas." Walk on by this one.

Brian Seitzman
Brian Seitzman

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