Rhymes For Young Ghouls (2014)
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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.
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.
Barnaby puts a mythic frame around a grim history, shaping it in a way that feels always like a creative adventure, not a duty.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Rhymes For Young Ghouls
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.