Little Chenier (2006)
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I think this was a beautiful story and that the characters were very believable in their roles. The dialect was authentic in conjunction with the captivating scenery. It was able to truly represent many of the areas treasured by southern Louisiana locals. It is great to have these landmarks that were destroyed by Hurricane Rita preserved on film.
it is a story about two brothers, one with a mental problem, the other one with a big heart and the will to do anything to protect his handicapped brother.
the scenery is really beautiful and i hope the environment can catch up after the horrible impact of hurricane Katrina.
the portray of the Cajun people and culture was very interesting to watch on screen.
the final scene is excellent and left me speechless for a minute.
i hope this movie does well on DVD, because it deserves it.
This film had no "stars" to get in the way of itself which is a nice change of pace. The acting was solid, the plot was good albeit reminiscent of "Of mice and men". Parts of the plot were not spelled out for the audience allowing you to draw some of your own conclusions. In terms of where the movie could have been improved I would say some of the technical cinematography. While there were many beautiful shots that helped establish mood and setting some of the fades/ transitions were a little weak.
To summarize the strengths of this film far outweighed the weaknesses. I would probably have selected 7.5 given the choice, but chose 8 instead of 7.
Story shows a part of American culture not witnessed by many Americans, or foreign audiences for that matter. Enjoyed the Cajun theme, the soundtrack and the location of the film in southwest Louisiana. Never been in that part of the country but this film is enticing. The people, the music and the Bayou food.
Anyway, the story is heart-warming and leaves a great impression on you. My family and I talked about it for days after watching it which is a good indicator of its quality. I think the story captures a small part of what Cajun life was like.
The acting was good but I often wonder why movie-makers don't get actual authentic Cajuns to play Cajun parts. The actors did a great job but the accents were still a good bit off. Other than the accent I found the characters quite believable and realistic.
The soundtrack was very well done. It added just the right touch and gave me a "living on the bayou" feel. It was mostly traditional style Cajun with a slight mix of zydeco and country in different scenes.
Filmed in Lake Charles, Louisiana, LITTLE CHENIER is filmed in such down- to-earth manner you feel you know the characters personally. It is easy to absorb the laid back atmosphere and see that life takes its own sweet time. Also in the cast: Clifton Collins Jr., Chris Mulkey, Fiona Dourif and Amy Brassette.
Every stereotype imaginable was used. I had a bad feeling from the beginning when T-boy dove in to wrestle the alligator that the movie wasn't going to be anything like what I'd expected.
If this movie had been set in the past instead of present day it might've been more believable. We actually have elections down here. The sheriff's son wouldn't automatically assume his job when he dies.
How anyone can claim that this is an accurate depiction of southwest Louisiana is beyond me. While the actors do a good job of caricaturizing the characters according to the script and the movie looks good, it is nothing more than a fantasy.
That said, the story was good. It's basically just a modern re- telling of "Of Mice and Men".
P.S. NOBODY in Little Chenier, Chenier Perdeu, or Grand Chenier, actually NO CAJUN EVER has a damn New Orleans style Jazz funeral procession when someone dies. They do like every other Catholic. They have a mass then they drive to the graveyard for the burial.