Oh, how I loved this film. It is more than a good buddy film or an on the road film. This is a getting to know you, my father and my family film.
As the film begins in Idaho, on an Indian Reservation, it is the Fourth of July, 1976. This is the day, baby Thomas Builds-the-Fire, is saved by being thrown from an upper window when his house burns down in the middle of the night. He is caught by Arnold Joseph, played by Gary Farmer, a drunk neighbor who is eventually thrown out by his wife, Tantoo Cardinal. He leaves his son, Victor Joseph, played by Adam Beach, who is the love of Arnold's life. Off he goes to live in Phoenix.
When Victor becomes a young man, his mother is notified that Arnold has died, and someone should come and pick up his things. Mom only had $40, but Thomas, the know it all and talks all the time, has money, and he offers it to Victor, if Thomas can accompany him on the adventure. Off They Go, and what an adventure they behold. The native Americans are still not looked at as they should be, but these two behave on the way to Phoenix. In Phoenix they meet Arnold's friend, a lovely young woman. Victor filled with righteous anger and Thomas a free spirit find the world.
This was such a well developed film, superb acting, wonderful writing and directing, a joy to watch. Not maudlin nor sad, but filled with some very humorous scenes. Two young men with not much in common, find themselves, and give us an excelkent film.
Highly Recommended. prisrob 06-06-17