The Grizzlies

The Grizzlies ★★★½

Sincere and at times more hard-hitting than some may be expecting, The Grizzlies makes an earnest attempt to portray the myriad of challenges and injustices that Canada's Indigenous populations face.

Centering on a town in Nunavut with one of the high rates of teen suicide in the world, it is tough material. So it makes sense that the filmmakers surrounded it with a more digestible (and true) underdog sports story. At times leaning into the cliches of the sports genre too hard, the balance of those two aspects of the story can feel a bit awkward. But the good outweighs the bad. I challenge anyone watching to not get swept up cheering for the film's titular team by the end.

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