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Rhymes For Young Ghouls (2014)




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Eye-catching feature about a teenage. Aboriginal. Revenge-seeking drug-dealer Red Crow Mi'g Maq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 16 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the Crow, that meansimprisonment at St. Dymphna's. That means being at the mercy of "Popper", the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school. At 15, Aila is the weed princess of Red Crow. Hustling with her uncle Burner, she sells enough dope to pay Popper her "truancy tax", keeping her out of St.Ds. But when Aila's drug money is stolen and her father Joseph returns from prison, the precarious balance of Aila's world is destroyed. Her only options are to run or fight... and Mi'gMaq don't run. (C) Monterey Media

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Glen Gould
as Joseph
Cody Bird
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Critic Reviews for Rhymes For Young Ghouls

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4)

As a history lesson about Canada's unjust treatment of Native Americans, it's often eye-opening, but as storytelling it's clunky and highly familiar, and the period re-creation is seldom convincing.

November 6, 2014 | Full Review…

Writer-director Barnaby weaves a surprising amount of tenderness into the fabric of violence, as well as a good measure of magic realism, to keep the gritty story engaging.

October 27, 2014 | Full Review…

Barnaby puts a mythic frame around a grim history, shaping it in a way that feels always like a creative adventure, not a duty.

January 31, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

With a tone alternating between mournful, defiant and hopeful, Rhymes for Young Ghouls is a rewarding experience by a talented director who's sure to make his mark on Canadian cinema.

January 30, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film is told with a mix of lyricism and kicks to the gut, and is all the better for these shifts in tonality. It's remarkable how the narrative feels both highly specific to this community, yet near mythic in a more universal, classic sense.

September 20, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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A dark, gritty, and at times supernatural crime drama about life on a Native reserve that opens your eyes to the injustice being done to this people and makes you really sympathize about young teenagers who have to grow up way too quickly in order to survive.

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