The film is funny, but certainly endearing. You see the callenges First Nations people face in their lives, like say the doc The Seventh Fire. The Ulali song at the end credits is fantastic.
Directed by Chris Eyre, Smoke Signals is a joint American & Canadian indie production with a screenplay written by Sherman Alexie. (The screenplay in turn is based on Alexie’s short story “This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” from his award winning short story compilation The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven ©1993.) The film adaptation stars Adam Beach and Evan Adams as Victor Joseph and Thomas-Builds-The-Fire, two young men living on the Coeur D'Alene Indian Reservation, whose paths were brought together by Victor’s father, Arnold, (played by Gary Farmer) when he saved infant Thomas from the house fire that killed his parents. Not quite friends, but more than acquaintances, Thomas and Victor’s uneasy co-existence is threatened when they learn of Arnold’s death. The film’s conflict is how differently the two young men regard Arnold, and the viewer is treated to flashbacks showing very different sides. Victor is still angry and bitter at the alcoholism and abuse he endured in his childhood while Thomas thinks fondly of Arnold as a hero and positive influence. The collective tension reaches a boiling point as the young men embark on a journey out of state to collect Arnold’s ashes. With both humor and gravitas, the film shows the viewer that the path to reconciliation is both long and winding, but worthy of consideration.
Wow! you can tell the people who are closed minded by their comments. This film is funny but not european funny so many people from other than North American Cultures may have trouble getting the jokes. It is about accepting life and death, and family with all the flaws, with laughs mixed to ease the lessons. Beautifully done and beyond the grasp of some.
Not a big fan of it. There is some story line going on but a bit too slow for me and definitely wouldn't call it funny.
Smoke Signals is a movie about fathers and sons, stories, secrets, forgiveness and a little magic. I think it is more of a drama with some light moments and humor than a comedy. The film is rated PG-13 for some intense images.
"How do we forgive our Fathers?
Maybe in a dream
Do we forgive our Fathers for leaving us too often or forever
when we were little?
Maybe for scaring us with unexpected rage
or making us nervous
because there never seemed to be any rage there at all.
Do we forgive our Fathers for marrying or not marrying our Mothers?
For Divorcing or not divorcing our Mothers?
And shall we forgive them for their excesses of warmth or coldness?
Shall we forgive them for pushing or leaning
for shutting doors
for speaking through walls
or never speaking
or never being silent?
Do we forgive our Fathers in our age or in theirs
or their deaths
saying it to them or not saying it?
If we forgive our Fathers what is left?"
Excellent movie filled with great insights and wisdom and a touch of humor.
This movie is older (1999) but contained a good cast, a great story and memorable characters. It has two Native American young men from a small town in Idaho dealing with issues and some of the unfortunate circumstances of how their lives have unfolded. There was some unexpected humor in the story making it enjoyable to the very end. Touching and real, it was a wonderful film.
I think this is a wonderful film. The relationships of Victor and Thomas was so true to life.. . I have seen it twice and I think it has humor and also great sadness. I enjoyed the humor but the story also moved me.
Smoke Signals tells the tale of the Coeur D'Alene American Indians Victor Joseph and Thomas Builds-the Fire as they travel from their reservation to Phoenix AZ to retrieve the ashes of Victor's father. Billed as a comedy this movie is more of a story of friendship and personal enlightenment. Excellent entertainment.
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