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The Business of Fancydancing Movie Review Summary

Actors: Evan Adams, Michelle St. John, Gene Tagoban, Cynthia Geary, Elaine Miles

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Successful young gay poet Seymour Polatkin (Adams) escaped the Spokane Reservation to attend college and settle in Seattle many years ago. The funeral of a boyhood friend, the fiddler known as "Mouse" who committed suicide, brings him back to the res and people from his past: the perpetually angry Ari (Tagaborn), and Agnes (St. John), a half-Indian, half-Jewish woman with whom Seymour had a passionate affair in college before accepting his homosexuality. The film is a collage of natural and contrived imagery, with many flashbacks as well as scenes where the principle characters dance in costume or are grilled by an interviewer on a black set. Decent acting and writing, but a lot of loose ends. This 2002 film is Indian writer Sherman Alexie's directorial debut, taking off from his book of poems of the same name. (Previously, he wrote the screenplay for 1998's "Smoke Signals.")
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   Gay guys! Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   American rural

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   American Indian

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Pacific NW Prairie?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing and dancing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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