28th March 28th
Fifth Avenue Cinema Vancouver
Director: Keith Behrman
Writer: Keith Behrman
Producer: Trish Dolman
Cinematographer: Steve Cosens
Editor: Michael John Bateman
Music: Peter Allen
Cast: Callum Keith Rennie, Jane McGregor, Colin Roberts, Dov Tiefenbach,
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Finally a Canadian movie that is not only beautifully shot, but intelligent,
subtle and keenly observed.
It is written and directed by Keith Behrman in his first feature (after
making around 3 shorts and some music videos following graduating from
the Fine Arts programme at SFU).
Flower and Garnet is intensely human, the emotions pitched just right
and the performances genuine.
It tells the story
of a boy born on the day his mother dies in childbirth. The grief in
the family - particularly of the father, leaves no room for love for
the new child, Garnet.
Set in the remote but beautiful BC town of Ashcroft, the people seem
isolated but well knit and supportive. Garnet is loved by his sister
Flower, but both of them are affected by the inability of their father
(Callum Keith Rennie) to forget their mother and communicate with them.
Garnet appears to grow up alone with no friends. He is a curious, melancholic
child and things don't get better when his father gives him an airgun
for his birthday. Garnet is keenly aware that he isn't loved must amuse
himself. Often seen through the child's eyes the film is poetic in style.
This is filmmaking at it finest. Thoroghly engaging, sad, but ultimately
rewarding, the writer /director Keith Behrman is a man to watch out
The performance of ten year old Colin Roberts (Garnet), is extraordinary.
His sister, played sensitively by Jane McGregor (Previously seen in
'Slap her she's French' is at once a pleasure to watch and comforting.
She exudes warmth. Callum Keith Rennie's (Momento) self-isolation is
Peter Allen's music weaves each scene seamlessly together, Steven Cosens
cinematography captures the raw stark beauty of BC. Yes it is a four-hanky
movie, but if there is one film that deserves to break out and find
an audience it is Flower & Garnet.
If you read this in Vancouver go see it now.
© Sam North March 2003
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