Arnold Joseph, Victor's father, is in constant guilt after being responsible for the fire that kills Thomas's parents. He is aware that he holds a certain amount of aggression toward his father, but he does not understand this aggression until the very end, and it is at the point where he understands why his father ran away that he can accept his father's mistakes and celebrate his spirit. These feelings are reduced to alternate bouts of brooding and abusive outbursts, usually directed at Thomas, whose inventive stories, much to Victor's indignation, celebrate Arnold's heroism and his larger-than-life image on the reservation. A voice over by Thomas says that Victor and he were born of fire. The subject isn't as important as the feeling. Smoke Signals was then entered into the Sundance competition, where it won the Audience Award for Dramatic Films and the Filmmakers Trophy and was nominated for the Grand Prize. He's an independent, regional film maker, whose background is the 'Rez.
Victor, who had developed a resentment towards his father over the years, decides that he should travel to Phoenix to pick up his ashes. Thomas also serves as the film's narrator Novelist Sherman Alexie wrote the script. The Road movie only requires one goal and permits poetic scenes like this to symbolize a generation at a crossroads. However, Victor and Thomas are grounded in the everyday world of contemporary America-they play basketball, endure family problems, eat fast food, and reference pop culture. That, I believe, is the underlying theme in Smoke Signals.
Alexie, who lives in Seattle, has largely withdrawn from public life since allegations of became public earlier this year. July 4, 1976: While mainstream America celebrates its bicentennial, two families, the Josephs and unfortunately named Builds-the-Fire. Thomas lives by the morals and ethics of a traditional Native American, following the beliefs and telling stories. When Victor's estranged father dies, the two men embark on an adventure to Phoenix to collect the ashes. Thomas, the other main character in the story, remembers Arnold Joseph as a friendly man who saved his life from the fire. The two men will eventually obtain the ashes, we expect, and also some wisdom. In school we had to read some stories by Sherman Alexie and then we watched the movie.
I flew up to Seattle on the '98 July 4th weekend to see the matinee premier on the Friday. The understanding Victor gains enables him to liberate the persistent bitterness and disappointment from his world. Throughout the film there is flashback to the past, where Arnold was a drunken father but at the same time a loving father although he didn´t know how to express it very good. The film won a number of awards when it was released, including a special commendation from the National Board of Review for achievement in filmmaking, an award for actor Adam Evans from the Independent Spirit Awards and two prizes from the Sundance Film Festival, the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy for Eyre. And what is the truth? The inside jokes about being Indian were great and since I no longer live on the reservation it reminded me of home. However, it's barely distinguishable from the seemingly endless reservoir of male coming-of-age films released each year. Victor and Thomas's present journey for answers alternates seamlessly with the lyrical recollections of the past.
His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by Arnold. It's setting is the Coeur d' Alene Indian Reservation in Idaho where the K. Unfortunately, he has no money to get there. It is the reason why Arnold Joseph burns down the Builds-the-fire home and the reason why he leaves his own home. The aspect of the film that captured my interest and has stayed with me is the story-telling of Thomas.
That feeling that the film is personal is universal with Smoke Signals, which means different things to different people but is always a powerful and personal story to everyone. But that is the trouble when a true 10 picture comes out, it tends to drop many of the others a point. Victor leaves Arizona with a new understanding of his identity, a new found appreciation for his friend, Thomas, and the ability to face problems head on without inner struggle or violence. They are also headed on this journey to retrieve Joseph's ashes. Smoke Signals is a somewhat misunderstood film. You absolutely must dare to see this movie, even if you normally avoid dramas. Thomas and Victor hit the road.
Eyre and Alexie also coproduced with Larry Estes, Scott Rosenfelt, and ShadowCatcher Entertainment. This was a day in his life that Victor wanted to erase form his memory. And then, 20 years later, word comes that Arnold has died. Thomas offers to give him the money on the condition that he accompanies Victor on the trip, and the latter reluctantly agrees. Arnold Joseph, haunted by his own guilt for his abusive treatment of his family and a secret that tears him apart inside, left for Phoenix when Thomas and Victor were only 12, and, ten years later, the two of them must go retrieve his ashes from his next door neighbor Suzy Song.
The main character Victor played by Adam Beach and Thomas played by Evan Adams, gives the film the film a humorous side, but overall tells a sad story about their lives, which makes the film interesting. During these scenes we hear Thomas narrating what's happening. That would make it a very significant movie. We are not made aware of the fact that Victor's father had in fact started the fire as well. When I first heard about a film made by Native Americans, I was afraid it would be an exercise in political correctness.
The bookish Thomas wears a suit, with his hair neatly twisted into two long braids, but Victor persuades him to change into a t-shirt and unravel his braids so that his hair is long and flowing. This is also the point where the idea of running from problems is also resolved. Then, as hope has dwindled to an almost non-existent point, you sit back and watch a film like Smoke Signals. A diminutive Native American female elder slowly approached Sherman. Smoke Signals delivers some welldeserved criticism of Native American stereotypes, too, pointing out the inaccuracies that result in even talking about Native Americans as a homogenous group. At the beginning of the film a fire breaks out during the fourth of July 1976, and an Indian, Arnold Joseph saves a baby from the furious fire, which turns out to be one of the main character Thomas later on in the film.