Michael Sauter
October 06, 1995 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Dance Me Outside

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Adam Beach, Ryan Black
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B

Silas (Black) and Frank (Beach) are 18, aimless, and clueless about women. What makes them different from most such characters is that they’re Native Americans on an Ontario reservation. They’re also in a movie that has more than coming-of-age on its mind: When a girl is found murdered, the filmmakers shift their focus to racism and revenge. That’s more than this low-key Canadian drama can handle, but though it ends up nearly as confused as its heroes, Dance Me Outside nevertheless stays compelling, thanks to its cast of appealing unknowns. You haven’t seen anyone quite like them before — and that’s meant as high praise. B

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