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The Grizzlies (2018)

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In a small Arctic town struggling with the highest suicide rate in North America, a group of Inuit students' lives are transformed when they are introduced to the sport of lacrosse.

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Credited cast:
Jack Anawak Jack Anawak ... Plane Passenger
Fred Bailey Fred Bailey ... Roger
Seth Burke Seth Burke ... Johnny
Mary Buscemi Mary Buscemi ... Lenore Aviak
Tantoo Cardinal ... Janace
Mayala Chapman Mayala Chapman ... Female Townsperson #2
Christopher Church Christopher Church ... Special BG / Lacrosse
Colton Clause ... (voice)
Spencer Dewar Spencer Dewar ... RCMP Officer #2
Brad Fraser Brad Fraser ... Tanner
Ippiksaut Friesen Ippiksaut Friesen ... Town Council Member
Colton Hart Colton Hart ... Special BG / Lacrosse
Looee Ishulutaq Looee Ishulutaq ... Female Townsperson
Innosar Issakiark Innosar Issakiark ... Special BG / Lacrosse
Mary Itorcheak Mary Itorcheak ... Schoolgirl (with baby)
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THE GRIZZLIES is an inspiring true story based on a group of Inuit students in the small Arctic town of Kugluktuk. Suffering from widespread drug use, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and one of the highest teen suicide rates in the world, this northern community is periled by the legacy of colonialism. The students are naturally skeptical when Russ Sheppard, yet another ignorant and unprepared white rookie teacher, arrives from the South on a one-year teaching contract. With much to learn, but deeply shaken by the death of one of his students, Russ introduces his class to the sport of lacrosse in an effort to help lift the dangerous fog of trauma existing in his students. While initially resistant, the students gradually come together to embrace the sport, form Team Grizzlies, and find inspiration to make shifts in their own lives. Together with Russ, the team gains the support of a deeply divided town and eventually negotiates its way to the National Lacrosse Championships in ...

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Canada

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Inuktitut | English

Release Date:

5 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Гризли See more »

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Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada See more »

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An uplifting Canadian sports drama
21 September 2019 | by akcenatSee all my reviews

Can you name Canada's national sport? If you picked hockey, you'd be wrong. The official national sport of Canada is actually lacrosse. Saying that, it is no brainier that "The Grizzlies" is based on true story of an impoverished native community in Canada battling mental illness and suicides by creating a sports team. The film achieves a sense of almost documentary authenticity as it invites audiences into the homes of native residents and shows their family dynamics, both the good and the bad. Because of it, "The Grizzlies" is more than the typical inspiring sports drama 'cos it offers hope no matter that you can see student punches the new teacher in the face on day one. Movie, actually, manages to stay fresh, mostly in its portrayal of the indigenous kids. The acting is usually strong all around. However, towards the end movie slips into cliché. No matter that it is very well-crafted, film does start to demonstrably run out of steam as it passes its half, but regains to finish strongly on a positive note. The script works, very effectively indeed, because we connect with these characters and root for them as they learn self-respect and team solidarity. In a season of routinely, empty blockbusters "The Grizzlies" is a treat that will make you take a notice.

Rating: 7+/8-


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