Rated 14 Accompaniment (Coarse Language, Mature Theme) ~ Runs 104 minutes
Dir.: Miranda de Pencier, Canada, 2018
Emerald MacDonald, Ben Schnetzer, Paul Nutarariaq, Tantoo Cardinal
In English and Inuktitut with English subtitles
Playing with the short film Oh Kanata, Dir: Harmony Wagner, 9 min.
“Oscar winner Frank Marshall helped to produce this drama based on the true story of a ragtag group of lacrosse players from a remote village in the Arctic. Inspirational sports stories are nothing new, but a fresh milieu and a vivid cast of characters can revitalize any genre, and The Grizzlies - an excellent Canadian film - stands out as a stirring and compelling variation on a popular theme. The pic is based on a true story of a lacrosse team from the northernmost reaches of Canada, and most of the actors are Inuit... Russ Shepherd is a teacher sent to this outpost because his options are almost as limited as those of the young people who live in the wintry village. He finds a completely unmotivated group of students, but his own naivete leads him to believe that he can make a difference in their lives. Although the pic initially threatens to become one more tale of a white savior rescuing native people from their worst impulses, it turns out that Russ has more to learn from his students and others in his community than they do from him... It turns out to be bracingly unsentimental and transcendently moving at the same time.” - Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s a movie that tells its story with authenticity and heart, and that makes all the difference. It scores.” - Now Toronto