The Lesser Blessed
DVD Cat. 329282
Approx. 86 min.
The Lesser Blessed Available Now on Digital and DVD
"A COMPELLING DRAMA WITH AN UNUSUAL LOCALE, AND A MOVING COMING-OF-AGE STORY ITH POWERFUL PERFORMANCES."
- JEFFREY LYONS/LYONS DEN RADIO
"EXQUISITE TALE OF ENTOMBED SECRETS, HONOR AND LOVE.
THE LESSER BLESSED IS A TRUE MASTERPIECE!"
- AMY R HANDLER, FILM THREAT
"5 STARS. AN INCREDIBLY CURRENT, VISUALLY STUNNING, POETIC, HEART-ACHING AND DRAMATIC STORY. THE LESSER BLESSED IS MY FAVORITE FILM OF TIFF, AMONGST CONSIDERABLE COMPETITION."
- THE FILMSTAGE
"A REALISTIC AND POWERFUL DRAMA THAT IS DRIVEN BY ITS INCREDIBLE CAST. IT IS NICE TO SEE AN INTELLIGENT, WELL-WRITTEN AND BRILLIANTLY ACTED FILM LIKE THIS. A REAL GEM THAT EVOKES ALL KINDS OF EMOTIONS."
"ONE OF THE MOST RIVETING CANADIAN FILMS OF TIFF 2012. RELYING ON ATMOSPHERE, RESTRAINT, AND PERFORMANCES STEEPED IN RAW HUMAN EMOTION, THE LESSER BLESSED SUCCEEDS BECAUSE IT UNDERSTANDS ITS EMOTIONAL CORE AND STICKS TO IT, OFFERING SIMPLICITY OF STORY, BUT NOT OF CONCEPT OR EMOTION."
- CADENCE CANADA
"[RICHARD VAN CAMP'S THE LESSER BLESSED IS] HOLDEN CAULFIELD WITH SEX, DRUGS, AND ROCK & ROLL."
- QUILL & QUIRE
Directed By: Anita Doron
Written By: Anita Doron (screenplay), Richard Van Camp (novel)
Produced By: Christina Piovesan
Starring: Benjamin Bratt (Traffic, Pinero, Miss Congeniality and Law & Order), Kiowa Gordon (The Twilight Saga), Chloe Rose ("Degrassi: The Next Generation"), introducing Joel Nathan Evans, and Tamara Podemski
Premiered to critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and based on the celebrated novel by Richard Van Camp, The Lesser Blessed is an eye-opening depiction of what it is like to be a vulnerable teenager in today’s modern world. Through the eyes of Larry Sole, a First Nation teenager filled with bravado and angst, fragile and yet angry, seeking clarity clouded by confusion, seeking to belong without belonging, comes the story of three unlikely friends isolated in a small rural town discovering what they can of life and love amid racial tensions and the recklessness of youth, in a world clouded by a dark mystery from his past.