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Indian Horse

Canada, English, 96 mins

  • Director: Stephen S. Campanelli
  • Writer: Dennis Foon; Richard Wagamese
  • Producer: Paula Devonshire; Trish Dolman; Christine Haebler

CGiii Comment

Welll...the catholics [certainly] get a [well-deserved] bashing as they bash [both] the [mental and physical] living daylights out of everyone they righteously think they have the right to convert! These nuns just ain't nasty, these nuns are evil! Now, let them stand in a court of law and justify their stomach-churning malice...obviously, swearing on the bible as they do so! Let those retrospective convictions continue...until each and every [hypocritical] sinner is behind bars. And, not forgetting...where there's a priest...there's buggery!

This is a mighty subject...worthy of big budgets, big names and - quite possibly - more disposed to being a mini-series than an under-funded feature. Mr Campanelli does his [very] best with with what he had at hand...but, it's the scope of the story that presents problems, it spans decades. A small budget cannot handle such a sprawling time-frame.

By focusing on one section of Saul's life - obviously, the religious residential school [euphemistic for 'abusive pious prison'], the film would have been more manageable and effective. Voice-overs rarely work and, here, the are intrusive. It's a lazy way to tell a story. Still, it's a story that needs to be told and this is a valiant effort.

Forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing...they knew exactly what they were doing! Netflix should be sniffing all around this!


The(ir) Blurb...

Follows the life of Canadian First Nations boy, Saul Indian Horse, as he survives residential school and life amongst the racism of the 1970s. A talented hockey player, Saul must find his own path as he battles sterotypes and alcoholism.

Cast & Characters

Sladen Peltier as Saul (6 Yrs.)
Forrest Goodluck as Saul (15 Yrs.)
Ajuawak Kapashesit as Saul (22 Yrs.)
Michiel Huisman as Father Gaston
Martin Donovan as Jack Lanahan
Michael Murphy as Father Quinney
Edna Manitowabi as Naomi
Melanie McLaren as Ruth
Johnny Issalu as Sam
Skye Pelletier as Benjamin (11 Yrs.)
Evan Adams as Evan
Lisa Cromarty as Karen
Michael Lawrenchuk as Fred Kelly
Will Strongheart as Virgil
Tristen Marty-Pahtaykan as Buddy Blackwolf
Vance Banzo as Ernie Jack
Braeden Crouse as Lonnie (9 Yrs.)
Nathan Alexis as Lonnie (25 Yrs.)
Eva Greyeyes as Rebecca Wolf
Lisa Oopik Minich as Katherine Wolf
Dylan Cook as Stu Little Chief
Wayne St-George as Man with Axe Handle
Marcus Dias as Working Man
Michael Vincent Dagostino as Doctor
Wayne V. Johnson as Kapuskasing Manager
Wayne Charles Baker as Shaboogesick

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