A Simple Curve

A Simple Curve

Director: Aubrey Nealon Cast: Kris Lemche, Michael Hogan, Matt Craven


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A belated rite of passage finds tensions rising between an idealistic father and his increasingly independent son in this family drama that proves it's never too late for a little teenage rebellion. Twenty-seven-year-old Caleb (Kris Lemche) and his father, Jim (Michael Hogan), have always seemed more like old friends than father and son. An easy-going father who dodged the American draft to forge his own future by founding a carpentry shop in British Columbia's Kootenays, Jim and Caleb spend the days crafting a variety of fine products, but lately the bills have been stacking up and tensions between father and son rising. Now faced with the very real possibility of their business failing as a result of direct competition with mass produced particle board products and Jim's misguided perfectionism, the family business teeters on the verge of bankruptcy until the arrival of Jim's old friend Matthew (Matt Craven) instills Caleb with a much needed dose of pragmatism. Though Jim has long voiced disapproval of Caleb's proposal to open a luxury fishing lodge that may bring in more money and keep the family business afloat, Caleb decides to take his fate into his own hands and finally strike out on his own.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/22/2007
UPC: 0616892876229
Original Release: 2005
Source: Film Movement
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 48,403

Special Features

Short film: Lucky - dir. Avie Luthra (in Zulu, Tamil and English, 18 min.)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kris Lemche Caleb
Michael Hogan Jim
Matt Craven Matthew
Pascale Hutton Actor
Sarah Lind Actor
Kett Turton Actor
Michael Robinson Actor
Ben Cotton Actor
Hank Hasting Actor
Suzinn Robinson Actor
Waneta Storms Actor
Petra Hartley Actor

Technical Credits
Aubrey Nealon Director,Producer,Screenwriter
George Baptist Producer
Ohad Benchetrit Score Composer
Corinne Clark Casting
David Geddes Cinematographer
Lael McCall Co-producer
Janet McCulloch Costumes/Costume Designer
Jay Henry Moritz Asst. Director
Jennifer Page Casting
Grant Pearse Production Designer
Karen Porter Editor
Paul Sharpe Sound/Sound Designer
Justin Small Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Simple Curve
1. A Level of Comfort [6:22]
2. My Work Plane [9:51]
3. First Date [4:15]
4. A Level of Quality [3:23]
5. Select Company [11:20]
6. Minor Alterations [7:38]
7. Sureness and Awe [8:23]
8. Happy Birthday [11:03]
9. Everything's on This [11:45]
10. The Project's Off [8:01]
11. Two Years Later [5:39]
12. Credits [3:29]

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A Simple Curve 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A SIMPLE CURVE is a little Canadian film courtesy of Film Movement that has a nice style and solid cast to relate what happened to the men and women who fled to Canada to avoid the draft for the Vietnam War. Since the Baby Boomer Generation now makes up a large part of the audience this story will resonate with both parents and children. 'A simple curve' may refer to the woodworking genius of the main characters, but is also refers to the results of happenstance from a period of free love resulting in some questions about biological parenting, throwing a simple curve into the philosophy of family. Caleb (Kris Lemche) lives in the extraordinarily beautiful mountainous wilds of British Columbia with his father Jim (Michael Hogan), barely surviving on the meager income of their woodworking shop. The mother/wife died some time ago from a protracted illness and that event has both bonded the father/son and created a festering pain they must face daily. Into their lives returns an old friend of Jim's from the hippie days of expatriation: Matthew (Matt Craven) returns from the US as a man of means by way of ecotourism and plans to build a lodge on the lake near Jim and Caleb. Tension exists between Jim and Matthew, but Caleb sees Matthew as a financial savior of his business as Matthew consents to have Caleb and Jim (unbeknownst to Jim) make furniture prototypes for the lodge. Caleb appears wedded to his hometown, dating only women who live there and traveling little - a factor that encourages many people to advise Caleb to make the break from his family and seek his own identity. A current hippie couple - Erika (Sarah Lind) and Buck (Kett Turton) - find their way into Jim's graces and live on the property, a re-creation in many ways of Jim's and Matthew's past. The peak of change in the story occurs when Matthew loses funding for the lodge (and thus the monetary security of Jim and Caleb's business) and that tension reveals another secret curve: both Jim and Matthew sexually shared Caleb's mother and his true biological father is left in question. Caleb is devastated and witnesses another curve: he has performed a similar act with Erika resulting in a pregnancy that could be the progeny of either Caleb or Buck. Matthew once again leaves the beauty of Canada for the security of the US and Jim and Caleb are left to sort things out, finding new lives of their own with some surprising circumstances. Aubrey Nealon wrote and directed this little film and on most levels it is successful. The cast is solid but the star of the film is the majestic beauty of British Columbia - and that seems to be intended. This is not a great movie but it is a worthy exploration into the fallout of the Hippie Generation. For many of us it simply clicks! Grady Harp