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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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  • Actors: Jonathan Schaech, Fred Koehler, Tamara Braun, Jeremy Davidson, Clifton Collins
  • Directors: Bethany Ashton Wolf
  • Format: NTSC, Dolby, Color, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Vivendi
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001SA8SVE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,403 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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This was a powerful story and the acting was superb. Having lived in Louisiana for several years, many of the scenes here are very reminiscent of what I remember of the Cajun community. For example, it is very common to hear both American English and Cajun French being intermixed during a conversation. One of the things I really appreciated about the movie is that, except for Chris Mulkey, I was unfamiliar with any of the other actors; that made it even more believable to hear them speaking as Cajuns speak. Another thing about this movie that I really appreciate is that it would be a perfect movie to watch after watching another great movie about the Cajun people--"Belizaire the Cajun". That movie gives a wonderfully insightful historical look at the Cajun community in Louisiana in the 1800's, while "Little Chenier" is a modern look at that community. I cannot recommend a movie any more highly than I do this one, but it does make me regret that "Belizaire the Cajun" is so difficult to locate these days. That movie should be re-released, and these two sold together. Oh, and I could not finish this review without noting the incredible job that Fred Koehler did as Pemon in "Little Chenier". His potrayal of Beaux's younger brother is brilliant! Note, also, that the subtitle is only slightly misleading--the "story", or plot of the movie, could be cast in any setting; it is not a "Cajun" plot per se. However, it is set within the Cajun community and within that context, it is very "Cajun".
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My husband, & 2 son's love this movie! It's very endearing, & heartwarming. It's sad too, but a good story. We particularly enjoyed it because we are from Louisiana. I'm not sure someone who isn't familiar with the Cajun way of life would understand it. But we enjoyed it. It's a low quality "B" movie, but cute.
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I absolutely LOVED this movie. It is cute, funny, sad and has a great story line. The acting in awesome. It touches your heart, makes you laugh at times and makes one realize how blessed they are not to have the problems of this family and others. I have recommended this movie to others and they bought it after watching it with my family.
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