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OLD STOCK

March 4, 2013
Noah Reid and Melanie Leishman as Stock and Patti

Noah Reid and Melanie Leishman as Stock and Patti

Technical problems prevented me from seeing OLD STOCK on time, but I’m glad I finally got the chance to view it after all.  Another surprisingly charming movie.

Stock is twenty years old, a temporary tour guide and full time resident of the Golden Seasons Retirement Home, along with his grandfather.  At first it is unclear why Stock is living there, but it is very clear that he enjoys it and has no intention of leaving.  But then one day Patti arrives to teach dance to the seniors and change Stock’s life.

Everyone involved in the film appears straight out of Leave it to Beaver, but it’s not long before we find out these characters have a few dark skeletons in their closets.  The question is, will Stock ever be able to give up his Little Rascal scooter, clean out his closet, and learn to be a young man with a life ahead of him?

One of my favorite moments in the film

One of my favorite moments in the film

This film gets more and more interesting as you get to know the characters better.  There are good guys and bad guys, but none of the characters are all good or bad.  In fact, you realize that every single character in the film is good at their core, but sometimes we suffer from one poor choice we make, or one mistake, and these choices often form and change who we are or who we are believed to be.  Life is about constantly trying to right these wrongs.

The set design and costumes are very bright and colorful, and it is obvious a lot of thought and effort was put into the look and feel of the film.  Noah Reid and Melanie Leishman are delightful as Stock and Patti, but I also truly enjoyed Meghan Heffern (Dhalia) and the actor who plays Stock’s grandfather – regretfully I cannot identify him from the credits.

It’s a sweet film with more substance than you would expect, and worthy of a slot on your festival calendar.

My interview with director James Genn.

Watch the Trailer!

Buy tickets to see OLD STOCK at Cinequest!

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