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Absolutely Outstanding ... Incredible Cast
on June 21, 2004
Wow, I was literally guilted into seeing this in the theatre; and what a good thing it was that I went.
I have this on DVD now and the documentary is excellent. This CANADIAN made movie (shot in Manitoba, NWT, and BC) has shot to the top of my favorite list. Everyone I show it too is stunned by the terrific cast, photography, and outstanding story (quality A1).
Berry Pepper (I did not know any of the cast before) is absolutely outstanding. Annabelle Piugattuk (has so much chemistry with the media...film) it hits the viewer hard; there is something about her that extremely likeable (same for Berry); the the two work together in a wonderful way (so rare).
I know that the storyline looks tough to take (winter, cold) but I guarantee that this one will delight. The Pilot is essentially reborn, or transformed, by his experience. Men will like Barry's performance as it is not at all mush ... tough and believable.
After watching it about 3 times, some noteworthy things. The Owl, I think symbolizes someone watching (the girl?); the pilot's flashbacks to the war; the last flashback hits me so hard; don't know why but I just well up now with the change that occurs in it (what does the Raven mean?). The message I think is that "we are not alone". Feminists will love it of course, Annabella is something like 4'8" tall and amazes all. Again, the sight of her makes me well up ... maybe I'm just an emotional wreck these days.
The Director is Charles Martin Smith -- from The Untouchables, or American Graffitti (the one that got so sick from drinking).
Oh, if you have Home Theatre Speakers the talk with the Raven (I think it is a Raven) will sound awesome on your speakers .. it was cool in the theatre). Interesting, the words you hear whispered, were accidentally recorded when Annabella was practicing quietly with herself and the microphone was left on -- they said they actually found it when going throught the tapes.
So buy this DVD; outstanding!!!