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Whirligig charms 

Chaz Thorne's film about coming home to Nova Scotia.

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Nicholas (Gregory Smith) stumbles home to Nova Scotia with his tail between his legs. He’s a self-described fuck-up, running from responsibility. His parents aren’t particularly happy to see him. Well, his mother (Jennifer Overton). His father (Brain Downey) is entirely silent. So, he hops into bed with the married woman (Fiona Highet) down the lane and makes friends with her son, Quang (Siam Yu). The themes of infidelity and generational schism make this feel a bit like The Graduate’s Benjamin Braddock visiting Kevin Kline's family in The Ice Storm, but the low-key Nova Scotia flavour is undeniable. At its heart is the surprising relationship between Nicholas and Quang, forged over archery and BC weed.

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