Whole New Thing (2005)
Canada / English
"Who was YOUR first crush?
"After years of being home schooled by hippie parents, Emerson (Webber) is enrolled at his local high school. The intelligent and androgynous youth confounds his classmates and captures the attention of his English teacher (MacIvor). The teacher-student relationship leads to problems for everyone involved.
Smart, compelling and funny
Amnon Buchbinder's "Whole New Thing" ranks among the best independent
films of the past year. Solid performances, notably from newcomer Aaron
Webber, and assured, mature direction bolster an excellent script
(co-written by ubiquitous Canuck playwright and co-star Daniel MacIvor)
about the vagaries of family, love and sexuality. Buchbinder's
sensitive treatment of his characters never falls into cliché and
consistently offers resonant insights. The script is well-paced and
adroitly mixes comedy and tragedy to present a well-rounded view of
humanity in bittersweet glory.
For those of you who thought Canadian cinema was just about Atom Egoyan
and David Cronenberg, think again: Amnon Buchbinder is as strong and
defined a voice as either of those two, and his soft touch arguably
eclipses both in terms of his ability to explore the humanity of his
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