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Little Chenier: A Cajun Story (2008)

Johnathon Schaech , Fred Koehler , Bethany Ashton Wolf  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Johnathon Schaech, Fred Koehler, Tamara Braun, Jeremy Davidson, Jr Clifton Collins
  • Directors: Bethany Ashton Wolf
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1)
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Vivendi Visual Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015D20D6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,497 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Little Chenier: A Cajun Story" on IMDb

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LITTLE CHENIER: A CAJUN STORY is the story of a young man who lives a simple life on a houseboat in the Louisiana bayou with his mentally handicapped brother until one is accused of a crime in the small town.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly beautiful movie July 10, 2008
What a truly beautiful film
I learned so much about the Cajun culture - about their passions and beliefs
The story is brilliantly written by Jace Johnson
It's a study of amazing characters, all totally believable, all totally real.
The acting by EVERYONE was superb
The "fornication" scene is one of the funniest and most well written pieces of dialog I have heard in a long time
The scenery was breathtaking
As was the film itself
No wonder Little Chenier won 15 major film festival awards
Including 9 Best Picture awards
An absolute joy and pleasure to watch over and over again
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully written and filmed story July 13, 2008
What makes me love this movie is that, unlike most movies today, this film actually tells a story. How the lives in this small area are intertwined, and how each person's actions have such an effect on the others is beautifully portrayed. I actually cared about these characters and their lives. Maybe that is why it isn't an easy story to hear, especially if you watch the alternate ending, but it is so worth the time. I'll buy this one because it is worth watching more than once, in part for the scenery, but also because there is so much there I'm guessing I'll find more if I watch it again. Even if you're not up to buying this, at least put it at the top of your rental list.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blu/DVD review of a Cajun artwork... July 4, 2008
It is not often that a high quality film production comes through the Cajun country to capture the scenery and locale so eloquently. Filming locations were around Little Chenier and numerous parishes surrounding. The absence of destruction is because the film was made just prior to Hurricane Rita. There is no link for the Blu Ray title of this so I will mention it briefly.

The Blu looks incredible for the scenery and vegetation captures. Every time a boat goes through the water channels everything looks so flawless. No special features are included and the sound was mixed down to 2.0. The DVD is worth the purchase for local fans though.

The story is quite simple yet manages to convey a sense of importance for the players involved. A tale of love, betrayal, tragic death and intertwined stories while the simple life passes by in the Cajun country. Two brothers ebb their existence by selling fish bait from their small dock, whilst being watched by the local sheriff for crimes they may or may not have committed. Their best friend, played by Clifton Collins (who is awesome in Dirty - a must see for fans of his) adds the slightly comedic element and semi-protector of the group. Lines are crossed, beautiful topography imagery is interlaced, and locals get their 15 minutes. Performances are forced and the accents slip quite often, but the background is what holds it together.

If you live outside the filming area, this film would still be worth the watch just for the scenery. The DVD has a few deleted scenes and a drastically different alternate ending. Another selling point would have to be the music options. They have transferable songs from the DVD and extra cuts from other artists for download to your computer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining September 24, 2008
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As a born and bred Cajun it is difficult to fine movies and books that TRULY portray us as intelligent, modern human beings.

This movie did a better job than most, although it would have worked better set in long-ago days.

However, the plot had all the elements of a good story - interesting characters, satisfying ending.

I especially liked the dedication. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina,the victims of Hurricane Rita (and now Ike) were all but overlooked.

Pamela S Thibodeaux, Author Tempered Dreams
"Inspirational with an Edge!"
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Movies of All Time August 4, 2008
This movie is outstanding. It's a must-see. It's a must-own. It's a touching Cajun story that sings to the tune of "Sling Blade" and "Of Mice and Men."
It is truly amazing.

I think the most gripping part of it all is that none of what you see in the film exists any longer. The floating homes, the moss, the cypress, the nests of les gros bec - Rita took it all away. She took it away just one month after this film finished shooting. It could very well be the last footage anyone has of this sacred region before it was destroyed.

"Little Chenier: A Cajun Story" offers a way for anyone to see what Cajun country used to be. It is also a fine example of who we are and how we live.

The story is superb. The film itself is a haunting reminder of this part of the bayou no more - this, the bayou we still love.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie - a must. January 10, 2009
Finally a wonderful movie filmed in the great southwest Louisiana instead of New Orleans. Bethany Ashton Wolf definitely pour her heart into the movie. I congratulate her on showing what a beautiful and serene life we had in SW Louisiana and that more than just New Orleans was devastated by hurricanes that fateful year. But most importantly it shows how important family and friends are to us in our "Cajun world" and they we're not just Mardi Gras and hot sauce.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Chenier: A Cajun Story August 11, 2008
I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this film, considering I'm from Louisiana, where the movie was filmed. It definitely tugs at your heart strings. The story line was immaculate. It teaches a lesson of how to treat and how not to treat those with mental challenges. Just because someone is mentally challenged, does not mean that they can't experience all aspects of life like normal people. Pemon's character portrays that very well. Therefore, I suggest those that are interested, you have to watch this film. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I thought this movie was great. You will learn about the Louisiana...
I thought this movie was great. You will learn about the Louisiana culture in this movie. The story is a sad story and the people played there parts very well. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie. Good luck finding one ,I bought the last Blu Ray version from Amazon for only $5.00
Published 25 days ago by Mitchell Van Hee
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Delivery!
Got the video fast and in mint condition. Great movie and a great Cajun story. The video was easily purchased and in stock.
Published 2 months ago by Actorborn
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite films.
Beautifully crafted and cast film. A glimpse into the lives of people who live on the Bayou. The film was done on location, not long afterwards the area was destroyed by a storm. Read more
Published 8 months ago by nancy j. martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie on Louisiana
Really good movie. From Louisiana so I really like it. Story line is very good. Great acting and amazing music.
Published 8 months ago by Rita J. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is awesome!
I love the plot to this movie it's so moving. However my copy will not play on anything but a computer which is slightly annoying. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Emily V.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical movie
Great movie! The actors did an amazing job even though they're not from La. It gives you a taste of the REAL country side of Louisiana instead of that drawn out over exaggerated... Read more
Published 13 months ago by A. Gradney
4.0 out of 5 stars It Don't Get Better Than The Bayou...
An engaging story about two brothers: the strong, elder big brother taking care of his mentally-challenged younger brother while their alcoholic, woman-chasing father takes off for... Read more
Published 17 months ago by R. Sarno
5.0 out of 5 stars love this movie
the only problem i have with this movie is that it ends! i want to know what happens to the characters after. Read more
Published 18 months ago by belladonna gypsywitch
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of $20+!! Save your money!
This movie was referred to me by a friend! I decided she probably doesn't like me much because this move after shipping & all was over $20. Read more
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