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The Hanging Garden

William used to be fat and in love with the man his sister's just married. Now he's thin and seeing his family for the first time since he left their rural Nova Scotia home ten years ago. Their melodramatic problems would almost be trite, except that each family member, brimming with anger and love, is also self-aware—“We draw the line at incest,” says Rosemary (Kerry Fox). William—represented at three different ages by Chris Leavins, Troy Veinotte, and Ian Parsons, who often occupy scenes simultaneously—isn't the only one who can see the ghosts of his former self. Writer-director Thom Fitzgerald, using matter-of-fact magic realism and some dry humor, refuses to make William a victim or sentimentalize those who hurt him in this quietly optimistic story of a man revisiting a frightful childhood (1997, 91 min.).

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