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When Victor's estranged father dies, the two men embark on an adventure to Phoenix to collect the ashes. Along the way, Smoke Signals illustrates the ties that bind these two very different young men and embraces the lessons they learn from one another.
Posted December 24, 2000
Posted December 29, 1999
An excellent movie with a great soundtrack.. I listen to the soundtrack while I'm beading, and certain songs conjour up certain parts of the movie in my mind.. Both Victor and Thomas are played well, as well as Victor's parents.. and the story itself is a good one.. They play on and address a lot of Indian stereotypes throughout the movie, and really do what they intended to do, which was make them look like regular people to non-Indians who may not be familiarized with us as Native people. The Indian humor was really funny, too, and the little sutle things we find funny.. My adopted brother at first didn't want to see it because he felt it was just another Indian movie ''with no point to it, just silly humor.' But after he saw it, he REALLY liked it, and there's a reason why.. Yes, the humor was funny, and it carried you throught the movie and it attracts you to it, but you must look deep, because the humor was not what the movie was about.. There was a more serious side to the movie, addressing relationships, between Victor and Thomas, between Victor and his father, and similarities within those relationships on the screen that we can find in our own personal lives. So many of us have dysfunctional or semi-functional families or even friendships, and we have to come to terms with those in our lives that have hurt us or left us. The movie was about forgiveness and understanding. This story played out in front of us teaches us about bigger lessons in life, and obtaining peace within ourselves and with those in our lives. I recommend this movie to anyone, especially Native people who have not seen it. A big high-five to Eyre and Alexie, I look forward to seeing other work they come out with in the future.
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Posted January 17, 2010
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