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» Sizzling Popcorn Review - The Stone Angel

by Jean Brunet, published on Sunday, September 21st, 2008 at 9:19 am

Based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Laurence, The Stone Angel is the story of Hagar Shipley. With her life coming closer to the end, she tries to reconcile herself to her rough past. By looking at her past, she reveals her passionate and rebellious youth, her love for her two sons and the pleasures she gave up.

Starring Oscar-winning Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore), Oscar-nominated Ellen Page (Juno), Christine Horne (Othello), Cole Hauser (Good Will Hunting), Sheila McCarthy (The Day After Tomorrow), Kevin Zegers (Transamerica), and Dylan Baker (Spider-Man 3), The Stone Angel is a Canadian film shot in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Actress Ellen Burstyn gives an excellent performance as the older Hagar Shipley, who runs away from her son’s home in order to avoid being sent to a nursing home, while Christine Horne gives us a passionate performance as the young Hagar Shipley, who goes through marital problems while raising her two sons.

Writer and director Kari Skogland intricately interlaces Hagar’s current life with her reflections of her past in a fashion which exemplifies how seeing an object could help us recollect prior experiences. Each flashback Hagar has in the movie doesn’t date beyond the last one. Although humans don’t think linearly of their past, Skogland needed to do so because she’s attempting to show us Hagar’s earlier life leading up to the present. If she would have portrayed Hagar’s memories in a non-linear way, it would have been much harder to follow.

I cannot inform you how well Kari Skogland adapted Margaret Laurence’s novel “The Stone Angel”, but I can let you know that The Stone Angel movie is a well designed and processed Canadian film that is worth the watch. Could we see Skogland’s The Stone Angel at the Genie Awards show (the Canadian version of the Oscars) in February 2009? Pick up this Canadian drama and let us know what you think.

The Stone Angel, which is distributed exclusively by Alliance Films, was released on DVD this past Tuesday, September 15, 2008. The following are the DVD features:

Running Time: Approx. 2 hrs
Language: English, French
Sound: English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (1.78:1) Enhanced for 16×9 televisions
Subtitles: French

Source: www.sizzlingpopcorn.com

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