Awards


Press

"HAUNTING... A LITTLE INDIE GEM"
- BETSY SHARKEY, LOS ANGELES TIMES


"A COMPELLING DRAMA WITH AN UNUSUAL LOCALE, AND A MOVING COMING-OF-AGE STORY ITH POWERFUL PERFORMANCES."
- JEFFREY LYONS/LYONS DEN RADIO


"FEELS SIGNIFICANT AND TRUE... THIS A STORY WORTH TELLING."
- LA WEEKLY


"IT'S REVEALING PORTRAIT OF LIVES ON THE EDGE OF POVERTY AND THE LIMITING, TWO-FISTED WORLD A SENSITIVE SOUL LIKE LARRY MIGHT NEVER ESCAPE... COLORFUL, WELL-MOUNTED"
- ROGERS MOVIE NATION


"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."
- PRESSPLUS1.COM


"POWERFUL"
- 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."
- VIDEOVIEWS


"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


"IMPORTANT"
- CINEMABLOGERAPHER.COM


"[RICHARD VAN CAMP'S THE LESSER BLESSED IS] HOLDEN CAULFIELD WITH SEX, DRUGS, AND ROCK & ROLL."
- QUILL & QUIRE


Synopsis

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.

Cast & Crew

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
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Krista Bridges
Kiowa Gordon
Chloe Rose
Adam Butcher
Spencer Van Wyck
Joel Nathan Evans
Tamara Podemski

Poster Art and Stills

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