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Souvenir of Canada

Douglas Coupland , Robin Neinstein    DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Can I give it a zero? July 10 2007
By Brian Maitland TOP 500 REVIEWER
I am Canadian (and no, I am not right now doing a Molson Canadian ad) and I just did not get much of the Canadiana the "artist" chose to stuff his installation house with. A Wayne Gretzky jigsaw puzzle--nice idea--but in an LA Kings' jersey. What was DC thinking?

I also thought this whole hunting, fishing and camping as Canada theme was wrong. That was his family. I do not see it as uniquely a Canadian thing considering I've never gone hunting or fishing in my life.

Maybe I'm just not Tim Hortons enough to appreciate this kitsch that Coupland gathers up. I just found the whole thing as lame as much of Canadian culture is. What can I say, as a Canadian, I'd agree with the Brits who viewed the traveling show of Canada House that Canada is boring. It isn't but that's what this display makes canada look like--a bunch of whitebread rubes.

I grew up around people of various backgrounds and cultures. Where is that in this Souvenir of Canada. To me, it's vanilla and although vanilla tastes good, it's not the whole pic of what Canada is.

Simply put--yet another CBC-like lame-o movie on Canada. Didn't SCTV parody this much better back in the '70s and '80s?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film by and about Canada Oct. 16 2006
This film is essential for many reasons. It makes you feel proud to be Canadian. All our quirks and our strengths are presented in a moving tribute to our wonderful nation. However, the biggest reason to own this movie is for the amazing cameo appearance by the great Stuart James as Coupland's adolescent road-trip companion. Incredible performance!
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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 1000 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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