EIGHT-YEAR-OLD GARNET’S MOTHER DIED UNEXPECTEDLY WHILE GIVING BIRTH TO HIM, SO HE GROWS UP EATING HIS MORNING BREAKFAST OF MILK AND CEREAL AMID THE TABLETOP CLUTTER OF HIS FATHER ED’S EMPTY BEER BOTTLES.
Ed (Callum Keith Rennie) goes through the motions of living. Still saddened and filled with rage over his wife’s death, he is distant and rarely speaks, least of all to his children. Flower (Jane McGregor), a pretty, warm-hearted 16-year-old, has assumed the mothering role, but the demands of caring for her brother have begun to weigh upon her.
Garnet (Colin Roberts), a quiet, inquisitive child, is most contented at Flower’s side. He spends much of his time alone – feeding popsicles to cats, eating dirt, collecting worms, keenly observing ants on the carpet, and listening to the puzzling sounds that come from behind the door of his father’s room.
The sudden news of Flower’s pregnancy splits the family apart and she decides to pack up and leave home. Ed, trying to bond with his son, buys a BB gun as a birthday gift, but this gesture only pushes the troubled Garnet further toward the edge. Left to his own devices, Garnet begins to unravel, growing aberrant and violent. Soon, Ed must decide whether to face this new suffering that his years of silence have sown.
“Close to perfection … Flower & Garnet pulls you in with silence – then proceeds to blow your mind with little more than a whisper … An astonishing achievement … It marks the arrival of a new visionary.” — Katherine Monk, The Vancouver Sun
Format: 35mm, Colour, English
Running Time: 104 minutes
Writer/Director: Keith Behrman
Executive Producer: Alexandra Raffe
Producer(s): Trish Dolman
Co-Producer(s): Stephanie Symns
FESTIVALS & AWARDS
Awards & Nominations
2004 Awards & Nominations
- Keith Behrman nominated for Grand Prix Award – Flanders International Film Festival
- Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature – 2nd Annual Independent Film Festival of Boston
2003 Awards & Nominations
- Best Program, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Lead Actor and Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Cinematography and Best Music – Leo Awards, Feature Film Category
- Best Canadian Feature – Victoria Independent Film Festival
- Best Canadian Feature Film (2002), Best Canadian Director, Best Canadian Actor, Runner-up for Best Canadian Actress – Vancouver Film Critics Circle
- Named one of Canada’s Top Ten Films of 2002 – Toronto International Film Festival Group
- Keith Berhman awarded the Claude Jutra Award for outstanding achievement by a Canadian director in their first feature – Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television
2002 Awards & Nominations
- People’ Choice Awards for Most Popular Feature Film – Whistler Film Festival
- Best Performance By An Actor in A Leading Role (Colin Roberts) nomination – Genie Awards
- Singapore International Film Festival – Sinapore, Malaysia
- Muestra de Cine Canadiese – Madrid, Valencia
- Festival de Cine Canadiense – Mexico
- Vail Symposium – Vail Valley, Colorado
- Sevilla Film Festival – Spain
- 2nd Annual Independent Film Festival of Boston – Boston
- Canadian Front: New Films – Museum of Modern Art in New York
- Toronto International Film Festival Group’s Film Circuit in the UK – Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen
- Flanders International Film Festival – Ghent, Belgium
- Pusan International Film Festival – South Korea
- Karlovy Vary International Film Festival – Czech Republic
- Cambridge Film Festival – UK
- Victoria Independent Film Festival – Victoria, BC
- Berlin International Film Festival – Berlin
- Calgary International Film Festival – Calgary, AB
- Whistler Film Festival – Whistler, BC
- Toronto International Film Festival – Toronto, ON
- Vancouver International Film Festival – Vancouver, BC
- Montreal World Film Festival – Montreal, QC
Produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada; the Canadian Television Fund created by the Government of Canada and the Canadian cable industry CTF: License Fee Program; the British Columbia Film Television and Film Financing Program; the Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC; and the Movie Network.
Produced in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, with the assistance/participation of the Government of Canada Film or Video Production Tax Credit Program; in association with Boneyard Film Company; with the participation of CanWest Western Independent Producers Fund and in association with Movie Central/Corus.
Produced with the financial participation of Rogers Telefund. Developed through the National Screen Institute of Canada NSI Features First Program, in association with Telefilm Canada and British Columbia Film.
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