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 small rural town discovering what they can of life and love amid racial tensions and the recklessness of youth, in a world clouded by a dark mystery from his past.
Rating: R (for drug and alcohol use, violence, language and sexual content - all involving teens)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: Anita Doron
Written By: Anita Doron
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Monterey Media - Official Site

Cast

Chloe Rose
as Juliet Hope
Kiowa Gordon
as Johnny Beck
Adam Butcher
as Darcy McManus
Tamara Podemski
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
Top Critic

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 30, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

[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
Top Critic

The emotions present in Anita Doron's film still feel fresh and universal, even if some of the dialogue is clunky.

Full Review… | June 27, 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
Canada.com

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

Audience Reviews for The Lesser Blessed

This movie is realistic, it's interesting seeing a movie that involves Native American tribes that I hadn't heard of, and a decent coming of age film...I just couldn't connect with it somehow. It's like, the story is there but if the acting was better and there were a few tweaks it could have been a lot better.

Kristi Moore
Kristi Moore

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