Mean Dreams

Canada 2016. Dir: Nathan Morlando. 104 min. DCP

Nathan Morlando’s second feature more than delivers on the promise of his debut, Edwin Boyd — Citizen Gangster (Best Canadian First Feature, TIFF 2011). The life of teenaged Jonas (Josh Wiggins) is dominated by his father’s struggles with the family farm and his mother’s battle with depression. When Casey (Sophie Nélisse) moves in down the road, the two click immediately. They’re a good pair, but Jonas’s father sees Casey as a distraction, while Casey’s father, Wayne (Bill Paxton), an alcoholic policeman prone to explosive outbursts, sees Jonas as competition. With nowhere to turn, Jonas and Casey are faced with an impossible decision. Atmospherically shot by Steve Cosens, one of Canada’s finest cinematographers, and featuring excellent performances, Morlando’s film creates a sensitive portrait of the dilemmas facing young people trapped by circumstance and history. — Steve Gravestock, TIFF


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"Part dreamy coming-of-age story, part crime thriller, part homage to Badlands, Mean Dreams manages to build a mood all its own. Call it Sault gothic."

The Georgia Straight | full review