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Souvenir of Canada

Douglas Coupland , Robin Neinstein    DVD
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A humorous and endearing look at Canada Stubbies. Hockey. Instant mac and cheese. Whatever your idea of Canada is, you can be sure to find it here. Douglas Coupland, author of the bestselling book, Generation X, is a born-and-raised Canadian who is setting off in search of pop culture items with a north-of-the-border "feel" in order to showcase them in his new artistic creation: an exhibit he calls "Canada House." Souvenir Of Canada chronicles the construction of Canada House, Coupland's massive, personal project intended to bring worldwide awareness to Canadian heritage. One artifact at a time, he revisits nostalgic memories, resurrecting a pride and understanding of the land that over 30 million people call home. Based on the book by the same name, Souvenir Of Canada presents a unique look at the Great White North.

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5.0 out of 5 stars You have to be a Canadian.... July 1 2010
... to understand this movie. If you're a "newcomer" to Canada, you won't get it at all... just like Coupland states. It's about the little things that we grew up with. I wouldn't take any stock in a review from someone who wasn't born and raised in Canada. They simply will NOT get it.

I loved this movie. It made me laugh. I found myself thinking several times, "OH YEAH!! I remember that!" I think it's worth your time to watch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not what i thought it would be Oct. 27 2008
By elfdart TOP 500 REVIEWER
i was walking through my semi local video distribution.. place, when i came across this film. the title reminded me of something cheasy, equivalent to that dvd with the burning log (why), but i saw that douglas coupland was the narrator so i took a closer look.

as with any attempt at a representation of a collective identity... not everyone will agree on this summation of 'canada', and coupland states this in the movie, that trying to pin down 'canada' is like trying to hold onto water, or something to that effect, and it's true. especially something like canada, which takes pride in the fact that so many different perspectives comprise our nation as a whole. the whole cultural mosaic thing, but at the same time, there are some things that people living in this country will all be able to relate to, and coupland attempts to gather some of these objects and ideas, all of a physical nature.

coupland approaches this 'finding of canada' two ways. first, he uses his own history as a sort of example for some of the concepts he comes up with. while this might seem problematic, as we're not all from not only that part of canada, but have different backgrounds/ family dynamics/ etc., the fact that he uses his own story as a foundation didn't get in the way of my relation to the main points he was making. the relation to nature, the relation to the space... i couldn't apply all of what he said to my own experience, but i could relate everything he said to someone i know, if not to myself.
and the second part was he went about building this 'canada house', which was essentially a house he had painted completely white inside and filled with different items of canadiana. it was interesting to see what he included.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really fun look at Canada Nov. 22 2007
By Leon R
Canadians have a great sense of humour and it's nice to see that here. Coupland's writing is great, and so is his storytelling.
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I saw this movie at the Canadian film festival in Sydney, Australia last year. It had me right from the start ..as you enter through Vancouver airport, which to me always signals that I've arrived home. There are such great Canadian things in this movie that maybe you wouldn't notice unless you've been away and on a visit home bought the largest box of Dad's oatmeal cookies you can to take back with you! It is difficult to tell what it means to be a Canadian to ALL Canadians as Canada is such a large diverse country and its people just as diverse but I think Douglas Coupland did a great job in sharing what it means to be Canadian to him. You might not identify with all the things he considers "Canada" but you will surely identify with some things and can appreciate the others. From hockey to Tim Horton's to ookpik (which I didn't get but when I told my parents about it my dad told me my mom had one) this movie made me laugh and cry as it made me a bit homesick for Canada and things Canadian. I'm heading home for Christmas and am ordering a copy to bring back with me to Australia and a second copy for friends that also live overseas and I know will appreciate a little slice of home..even if its home seen through someone elses eyes. Even my husband, who is Aussie, got a kick out of Coupland's Souvenir of Canada....and at the film festival they even served Kokanee to complete the atmosphere.
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