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Canvas

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Released 2007

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Director:
Keely Christian
Released:
2007
Rating:
PG-13

Canvas, a 2006 family drama written and directed by Joseph Greco, focuses on the Marino family's struggle to stay together despite forces that threaten to pull them apart. Mary Marino (Marcia Gay Harden) is a passionate painter and loving mother and wife, but she suffers from schizophrenia, and her symptoms are getting worse. Her son, Christopher (Devon Gearhart) loves his mother, but when school starts, his mother embarrasses Chris with her intense worrying. When Mary accidentally injures Christopher, the police admit her to a mental health facility. With a central family member gone, Christopher and his father, John (Joe Pantaoliano), are suddenly left adrift. Father, mother and son each try to find a way to cope with their fractured family. John stops going to work and instead starts a mysterious project in the driveway. Mary reluctantly starts taking her medication and throws herself into her paintings. Christopher deals with bullies at school until he starts making friends with Dawn (Sophia Bairley), who encourages him to start sewing and selling unique tee-shirts. But, Christopher and his father still have to heal their own relationship while they wait for Mary to come home, and along with their love for Mary, the mysterious wood-working project just might be the key to bringing them back together.

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  • 80

    Variety

    First-rate performances, an uncompromising point of view and a fresh take on a well-worn movie subject -- madness.

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A movie that rings emotionally true, despite structural contrivances and dim, washed-out color.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times

    A sincere, slow-paced drama about a Florida family dealing with schizophrenia, Canvas is never terribly convincing, despite being inspired by writer-director Joseph Greco's life gr...

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