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Various Positions (2002)

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A young college student begins to question his family's expectations of him -- as well as his own expectations of himself -- in first-time Canadian director Ori Kowarsky's film Various Positions. Law student Josh Szchevisky (Tygh Runyan) -- eagerly following the educational path his parents (L. Harvey Gold and Marie Stillin) have plotted for him -- begins preparing to spend the Passover holiday at home when he meets a hot young coed named Cheryth (Carly Pope). The two embark on a quick and intense romance, which leaves Josh fearful of announcing his relationship with a non-Jew to his devout family. As Josh eventually decides to bring Cheryth to dinner, his father and younger brother Tzvi (Michal Suchanek) give her enough grief to inflict some damage on Josh and Cheryth's fragile relationship. Furthermore, their treatment of Cheryth also gives Josh pause as he questions how his family's desires for his future conflict with his own. Various Positions was selected for inclusion into the Panorama Canada program at the 2002 Montreal World Film Festival. ~ Ryan Shriver, Rovi

Cast

Tygh Runyan
as Josh Szchevisky
Carly Pope
as Cheryth Bleyn
L. Harvey Gold
as Mr. Szchevisky
Marie Stillin
as Mrs. Szchevisky
Michal Suchánek
as Tzvi Szchevisky

Critic Reviews for Various Positions

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Though Kowarsky's ambitions sometimes get the better of him, his indie drama boasts some freshness and a complex, nuanced take on both college romances and parent-child warfare.

July 1, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A thoughtful and ingratiating seriocomedy, Vancouverite Ori Kowarsky's first feature "Various Positions" goes awry in the last half-hour, as script's intended cathartic explosions go off with a whimper.

August 30, 2002 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

With mediocre performances from everyone and an episodic lurch to the flow of the piece, and you have a film that fails.

July 1, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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