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The Business of Fancydancing (2002)

Cast: Evan Adams, Evan Adams, Michelle St. John, more...
Director: Sherman Alexie, Sherman Alexie
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Fox Lorber
Genre: Drama, Independent, Coming of Age
Running Time: 103 min.
Languages: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Synopsis
Shot on digital video and taking its title from his 1992 book of poetry, Sherman Alexie's The Business of Fancydancing is a portrait of the conflicted relationship between two Native American men. Aristotle Joseph (Gene Tagaban) and Seymour Polatkin (Evan Adams) had long been best friends by the time they left their Spokane reservation to attend college in Seattle. But while Seymour flourished in Seattle as a gay writer, Aristotle endured nothing but bad luck that led to growing resentment, both against white society and his best friend. Although Aristotle returned to the reservation, Seymour remained in Seattle. Now, 15 years later, the sudden death of their mutual childhood friend brings Seymour back to the reservation -- without his white boyfriend -- where he must cope with his status as the de facto mouthpiece for his people and his estranged relationship with both Aristotle, who seems to be growing more violent by the day, and also Agnes (Michelle St. John), his one-time college girlfriend. The Business of Fancydancing was screened at the 2002 Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, All Movie Guide

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A poetic picture by SRhodes July 14, 2003 - 5:47 PM PDT
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5 out of 5 members found this review helpful

While Sherman Alexie's directoral debut is uneven, it is one of the best portrayals of poetry in film (well, actually well-used digital video). Alexie self-distributed it which meant it didn't play in many theaters or for long, so hopefully more people will discover it on DVD.




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