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It's 1964 on one of the Gulf Islands off the coast of Vancouver, BC. The Kingswoods - father Hal, mother Diana, late teen-aged daughter Cleo, adolescent daughter Zoe, and Hal's long widowed mother Flora - are one of the leading families of the community. Hal is the principal of the public school. Diana knits goods for sale. They both tend to their small farm on the side, raising a small herd of pigs every year. And the family enjoys many of the activities that most islanders do such as sailing and hanging out on the beach. Beyond Hal and Diana not really understanding what Cleo sees in her boyfriend, Dwayne Spittle, their life seems perfectly and idyllically west coast on the surface. But underneath that surface bubbles a few problems with which each individual involved doesn't want to deal. The first is a secret which Flora has been hiding for decades which has the potential to estrange her from Hal. And the second manifests itself with the arrival of new native francophone ...Written by
So I had heard about this movie and had been wanting to see it for quite some time however being that I could never find it as a rental.. I never had the opportunity. I have lived on the west coast nearly all my life and I find this movie extremely accurate. Especially the cinematography and the school scenes. I think the only small inaccuracy may be the accepting nature of the locals to Wiccan culture, being that back then we were all quite ignorant to it. I do not want to spoil the film but I will say it is quite predictable. However it is not cliché'. This movie also does not smack of typical Canadian movie quality as I find that most Canadian movies do. And what I mean by that is that you should never be able to detect that the movie is Canadian made, because it is low quality and cheesy dialog. This movie somehow avoids that distinction. This movie is reminiscent of the movie "Juno" with a touch of the TV show "The Beachcombers" in it's simplicity and honest charm.
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