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The Law of Enclosures (2000)

Story of the same couple, first in their teenage years and then in their twilight years, paradoxically set in the same time during the backdrop of the Gulf War in the Middle East.

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John Greyson

Writers:

John Greyson, Dale Peck (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Polley ... Beatty 'Beatrice'
Brendan Fletcher ... Henry
Sean McCann ... Hank
Shirley Douglas ... Myra
Diane Ladd ... Bea
Kelci Stephenson Kelci Stephenson ... Young 'Beatrice' Beatty
Rob Patterson Rob Patterson ... Pharmacist
Jennifer Villaverde Jennifer Villaverde ... Checkout Girl
Susie Yamamota Susie Yamamota ... Beatice's Friend
Tracey McCorrister Tracey McCorrister ... Pearl
Kristen Thomson ... Myrah
Rob Stefaniuk Rob Stefaniuk ... Stanley
Allegra Fulton ... Henry's Mother
Tom Anniko ... Henry's Father
Victor Cowie Victor Cowie ... Stan
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Set in Sarnia, Ontario in 1991, teenage Beatrice is a cashier at a supermarket. One night while waiting in line at a drugstore, she notices a large lump on the back of the bald head of a boy her own age. Intrigued, she follows him and he eventually and reluctantly introduces himself as Henry, explaining the lump is a malignant tumor causing his rare form of cancer. They fall in love, their passion intensified by Henry's impending surgery and the strong possibility of his death. Meanwhile, Bea and Hank have been married for 40 years with two adult children and live for the sole purpose of hurting each other. Their love burned out long ago; they're bored, bitter, depressed, and argue constantly. With nothing left but routine and resentment, Hank decides to buy a retirement home without consulting Bea, and she gets back at him by incurring financially ruinous construction and decorating expenses. Both couples are one and the same, at the beginning and end of their relationship, ... Written by pr1mal_1

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Uma Chance Para o Amor See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Budget:

CAD2,200,000 (estimated)
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Moving yet frustrating; resonates long after you finish watching it.
18 January 2004 | by leeslSee all my reviews

I bought this film on a whim because it was cheap and looked interesting; what I got was a moving story about the repetitious nature of romantic commitment. Greyson draws many resonating parallels between the older and younger incarnations of the couple, demonstrating that some dynamics never really change, especially in smaller, economically resource or industrial based towns. This is not to say that there is nothing progressive about the film; on the contrary, the narrative structure of this film is very complex, and the careful juxtaposition of ideas and images reveals a lot about the reassuring nature of companionship, even of the most frustrating kind.


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