As spare and dialogue-heavy as it sounds, “Two Indians Talking” benefits immeasurably from Andrew Genaille’s peppy writing and the nimble direction of Sara McIntyre, who keeps the comedic drama visually compelling despite its being set mostly in a single room. As Native cousins who hang out in a vacant rec center while prepping to create a highway roadblock to protest a race-related incident, young actors Nathaniel Arcand and Justin Rain prove only intermittently believable, but their bickering characters’ concerns — including cultural pride, spiritualism and girls — keep the pic lively and topical. Native fests will lend an ear to “Talking.”Awaiting the arrival of Cree Nation activists, high-strung college boy Adam (Rain) and laid-back ladies’ man Nathan (Arcand) discuss everything from “Pride and Prejudice” to what they’d do with the knowledge that this was their last day on Earth. Romance briefly enters the pic as the young men enjoy a visit from flirty cousins Tara (Denyc) and Janine (Ashley Harry). Nathan performs a song on acoustic guitar, while bookworm Adam considers writing about the protest, which has both of them worried for their safety. Tech credits are barebones but solid.
A Kiss Dust Pictures production, in association with Carmen-Ology Entertainment, Kindred Films, with the participation of Telefilm Canada. Produced by Darlene Choo, Sara McIntyre, Nancy Baye, Michael De Sadeleer, Rhonda Dent. Directed by Sara McIntyre. Screenplay, Andrew Genaille.
Camera (color, HD), Les Erskine; editors, Elifer Santos, Frederique Remy, Dylan Baker; music, Tracey Draper, Baker; music supervisor, Matthew Safran; art director, Candise Paul; costume designer, Daniela Agosta. Reviewed at Vancouver Film Festival (Canadian Images), Oct. 8, 2010. Running time: 97 MIN.
Nathaniel Arcand, Justin Rain, Carmen Moore, Denyc, Sam Bob, Ashley Harry.