The Lesser Blessed (2013)




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Premiered to critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and based on the celebrated novel by Richard Van Camp, The Lesser Blessed is an eye-opening depiction of what it is like to be a vulnerable teenager in today's modern world. Through the eyes of Larry Sole, a First Nation teenager filled with bravado and angst, fragile and yet angry, seeking clarity clouded by confusion, seeking to belong without belonging, comes the story of three unlikely friends isolated in a … More

Rating: R (for drug and alcohol use, violence, language and sexual content - all involving teens)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Anita Doron
On DVD: Jun 24, 2013
Monterey Media - Official Site


as Juliet Hope

as Johnny Beck

as Darcy McManus

as Verna Sole
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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Despite [the movie's] issues, Doron has no trouble capturing the haunting grace of place and people and the harsh realities faced by "The Lesser Blessed."

Full Review… | June 6, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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Part of the long march of misunderstood movie adolescents that leads from the frozen Canadian North straight down to James Dean's Los Angeles in Rebel Without a Cause.

Full Review… | May 31, 2013
Globe and Mail
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[Doron] has assembled a uniformly solid cast, starting with an impressive debut by Evans, whose brown eyes are both soulful and watchful. It's a performance that commands our attention and empathy.

Full Review… | May 30, 2013
Toronto Star
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The emotions present in Anita Doron's film still feel fresh and universal, even if some of the dialogue is clunky.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
San Diego Union-Tribune

It's an undeniably noble effort from all involved, but the dreary denouement makes viewer feel lesser than blessed.

Full Review… | May 31, 2013

A decently acted coming-of-age drama that scores points for its setting -- a Canadian Indian reservation high school.

Full Review… | May 24, 2013
Tribune News Service

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