Movie Diary 11/21/2018

Dance Me Outside (Bruce McDonald, 1994). I remembered liking this Native-Canadian black comedy, which mixes moods with reckless abandon. Indeed, there’s a lot to like – after a somewhat jokey opening it gets into its own odd groove (a blend of satire and weirdness that comes up in other work by McDonald and co-writer Don McKellar). Includes early work from Adam Beach and Michael Greyeyes, among other good Indian actors.

Older than America (Georgina Lightning, 2008). Memories of the abusive treatment of children in Indian boarding schools is stirred up in this indie, which has an important subject if an overly expositional treatment. Adam Beach and Wes Studi lend their reliable presences, the director herself takes the lead female role, and Bradley Cooper turns up in a supporting, pre-stardom turn.

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