How did I manage to avoid all the typical books forced on high school kids? I’ve never had to read any Margaret Laurence books; none of them. How did I ever graduate from high school in Canada? I’ve never been inclined to pick one up on my own, either, least of all The Stone Angel. Come to think of it, the only things I can remember reading as assigned books were Animal Farm, Lord of The Flies, and a bunch of Shakespeare. I have to be blocking something else out, but I know it was nothing from Margaret.
Appearing at last year’s international film festival in Toronto, The Stone Angel has been released by Alliance Atlantis to a wider theatrical release. The film starts Ellen Burstyn, which is a big name, but someone I haven’t seen in a good film since Requiem For A Dream (yes, I saw The Fountain, and you can keep it; it put me to sleep). Part of me wonders what took so long for this film to be made, and part of me fears it having been made.
The synopsis from TIFF says, in part;
Ellen Burstyn gives a tour-de-force performance in this much-anticipated adaptation of Margaret Laurence’s landmark Canadian novel. The story leaps onto the screen with elegance and ease, beautifully fulfilling the emotional power of the original work.
However, the words “boring and lifeless” or phrases to that effect have been thrown around, and suggestions have been made that there will be little to recommend it outside of Canada; this is apparently a film for fans of the CBC, and of all things Margaret Laurence, and of the type of film making you would expect to find filming Anne and her Green Gables.
I’ll add it to my Zip.ca queue, but I’m really not expecting much. Going in with low expectations, I would hope to be surprised with a better film than I expect; unlike Iron Man which I’m likely going to go into with high expectations only to be miserably disappointed in ways that made me believe Uwe Boll directed the film…
Anyhow, they do have a contest on the Alliance Atlantis page, linked above, that is offering a VIA Rail trip from Toronto to Vancouver and four nights in the Jasper Park Lodge. Tania’s just done this trip, though with the added leg from Halifax to Toronto. I assume that the trip is a round trip, but even if it isn’t, Vancouver is ever so much nicer than Toronto, though I have heard good things about TIFF…
May 9th in Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Montreal and Winnipeg
May 23rd in Ottawa, Calgary, Halifax and Edmonton