<i>Dreamer</i> could be a bleak holiday movie. Shot in Winnipeg, Canada, over the course of fourteen days during the dead of winter, this film is a cinema vérité, glimpse into urban homelessness through an encounter between two men. Gary Farmer as Ben, an aboriginal homeless man, is looking for shelter for the night. His counterpart, played by Steven Ouimette, is looking for t he same. Their only hope is a forty-dollar space heater and a dubious receipt of purchase.
It is Gary Farmer's performance (<i>Smoke Signals, Dead Man. Powwow Highway</i>) that compels the narrative and draws the viewer into a cross section of our society that we all know exists but are more comfortable ignoring. First-time feature director Terrance Odette creates a cold realism in this raw and hyper-naturalistic film.
<i>Dreamer</i> is an experimental narrative that views the course o f human history through the eyes of an elder in the seventeenth century. His vision shows the tragedies humanity will face in the centuries to come. The elder, played by Saginaw Grant in a timeless and powerful way, questions the possibility of such demise. The Great Spirit responds with the gift of understanding and ceremony. <i>Dreamer</i> is beautifully shot and directed by first-time filmmaker Raymond Spiess.
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