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Stefan Kanachowski is a young man struggling to reclaim his life from the wreckage of his failed professional hockey career. He returns hoe hoping for comfort from his mother Ellen, but she sees Stefan more as an NHL prospect than a son and cannot forgive him for his failure. Stefan's two brothers still live in town - Sasha, a bitter drunk because he never made it past the minor leagues as a player and Victor, a model brother who has a wife and kids and owns a successful sporting goods store. Victor, who still happily plays on the local beer league team called the Rhinos, hopes he has the answer to both Stefan's malaise and Sasha's bitterness. But is this beer league ready for the Rhino Brothers?
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is so clearly made from the heart, nicely acted by a cast you don't know, and trying to not just follow
convention that it feels like you've stumbled onto a minor gem.
This is a look at a working class Canadian family mired in obsession with hockey, the boys pushed by their
obsessed mother to try to be pro players whether they have the talent, the drive or not.
We've seen films, often around boxing, that examine some of the same family dynamics, and maybe it was
just the change in location, sex of parent (here, mom not dad is the slave driver) and sport itself that makes
it seem new.
But I think it's really in the little details. The way these grown men can come to near blows over who plays what
team on an old kid's hockey board game, or how they subvert each other on the rink and off to try to get
approval and attention - in short a study of two men suffering from major arrested development - that
feels sad and true, and makes this admittedly `little' picture feel like it has real value.
I don't wanna waste too much time on this film. I'm gonna keep it short. The acting in this film is quite good most of the time. The story is good enough to keep you interested. The problem with this film is the poor direction and photography. It seems like these guys only had one lens with one focal length. All of the hockey action in this film is ruined by poor camerawork and a lack of imagination. It's like they shot the hockey scenes in a rush cause they couldn't afford more rink time or something. It completely ruined what could have been a great indie flick. Half assed.
If you're gonna make a film about a sport it might come in handy to know a bit about sports photography.
If the camerawork wasn't so crappy I would have given this one 4 stars.