May 12th, 2008 | Alexandra M.
In theaters: “The Stone Angel”
After the much acclaimed movie Juno, actress Ellen Page is back in the theatrical adaptation of Margaret Laurence novel The Stone Age.The movie is set in small-town Manawaka,Manitoba with actors from nearly every Canadian province (Ellen Burstyn, Christine Horne, Cole Hauser, Kevin Zegers, Samantha Weinstein) It might actually be impossible to get more Canadian than this.
The Stone Angel is the story of a 94 years-old woman, Hagar Shipley played by Ellen Burstyn, who has lived a very unconventional life. Struggling against being put in a nursing home , which she sees as a symbol of death, Hagar rebels and eventually finds herself in an abstract journey backward through her own life. From her marriage to a hard-working rancher (Cole Hauser), to her dysfunctional relationship with her own father,
Running just under two hours, the production gives a very real glance at the life in the Prairies, and features themes such as mortality and the sens of community. Based on the best selling novel by Margaret Laurence, the movie will come handy to any Grade 12 literary slackers, who don’t want to read the book anymore.
Except for her obsession with social standing, Hagar probably isn’t the sort of heroine for audiences accustomed to Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives, but is still remains a movie to be seen for the sake of our culture.The movie opened May 9th, 2008, and is now playing nationwide.
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