My Prairie Home
A true Canadian iconoclast, acclaimed transgender country/electro-pop artist Rae Spoon revisits the stretches of rural Alberta that once constituted “home” and confronts memories of growing up queer in an abusive, evangelical household.
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★★★★ review by Anika on Letterboxd
This made me homesick.
★★★★★ review by B CD on Letterboxd
I’ve seen this a lot of times, and now I’m sobbing in the cafe, because I opened it up to find a quick quote to share with a friend on fb, and I ended up rewatching the whole thing. Rae is the first person to ever make me like I can unclench my jaw and relax, that I don’t have to only hate the weird prairies I grew up in. I hope everyone gets the opportunity to watch this.
★★★½ review by Bethany on Letterboxd
Rae Spoon's music is very beautiful, and this definitely made me wish I might someday have a chance to hang out with them. I think we would have a lot to talk about. I felt unclear on how to rate the film though, as it is such a strange little project. It often feels more like a series of music videos. But it's an extremely personal project, obviously. I enjoyed watching it?
★★★½ review by Ashton Kinley on Letterboxd
A wonderful little film, with enough emotional honesty and self-reflexivity that invited natural empathy.
The prairies are my home, and to see myself in this film was easy. I travelled along with Rae, and their charming, infectious songs as though I too was staring out at the flat lands that go on for miles. The prairies are caught with loving cinematography, and this film is an ode to their mythic quality.
I would have preferred the songs to have been more considered, as opposed to mostly straight music videos, but the songs were good enough that it was easy to move past that. Rae is an easy lead to follow, and their story of their upbringing is honest and devastating.
It made me long for home. Even if that home is one where it can be so easy to feel marginal, it is home.
★★★½ review by David Upton on Letterboxd
They’re a sensitive, bright performer and an inspiring subject for a documentary, carving out new territory without much precocity about their revolutionary existence in this rural space.
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