- Actors: Douglas Coupland
- Directors: Robin Neinstein
- Format: NTSC
- Region: All RegionsAll Regions
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- Studio: Alliance Films
- Release Date: Sept. 26 2006
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000GRUOT4
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,040 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
while i don't think this is by any means a full picture of what a canadian identity is, it's definitely a start. sometimes its hard to see your own identity because you're too close to the subject, and maybe taking an outsider's perspective helps with the analysis. it was an interesting movie, quirky. i'd definitely pick up the book.
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.
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?