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Smoke Signals

1h 29m Comedy, Drama 1998

Director Chris Eyre, a graduate of a Sundance training workshop and an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, is one of the most significant figures in Native American cinema. Written by fellow Native American Sherman Alexie, the film is set and was filmed on Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation. Thomas (Evan Adams) hero-worships Arnold (Gary Farmer), who rescued him as an infant from the fire that killed his parents, while Arnold’s own son, Victor (Adam Beach), has a much more complex relationship with his alcoholic, violent father. When Arnold dies out of state, the two young men must retrieve his ashes. Initially clashing on questions of identity, their exposure to each other’s perspective leads to shifts in their thinking in a film that holds universal resonance for its sensitive exploration of how young people find themselves and their place in the world.


Chris Eyre




USA, Canada

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