Smoke Signals - Movie Analysis


This movie has all the necessary ingredients of a classic road movie, the long trip that turns into as much of a philosophical journey as a physical one, the oddball characters encountered along the way, and the everything-will-be-alright ending. But the foundation of Smoke Signals is the central figures of Victor Joseph and Thomas Builds-the-Fire, two natives of the Coeur d'Alene Reservation in Idaho. I would not say that Victor and Thomas are exactly friends, but they have known each other since childhood and they share a link. At a drunken Fourth of July celebration in 1976, Arnold Joseph, Victor's father, accidentally set fire to a house killing everyone trapped inside. However, ...

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were only 12 years old. But Victor fumes with hostility toward his father for abandoning him and his mother Arlene. The boyhood scenes of Victor and Arnold show a man who loves his son dearly but who is also clearly possessed by his own demons. One minute Arnold is happily telling stories to his son, drinking his beer as they drive home, the next he's slapping Victor’s head for knocking over the bottle. Victor responds by alternately showing love and rage for his confused and violent father.
Now in his twenties, Victor is a quiet young man, still as a rock. After Arlene receives a call from Phoenix informing her that Arnold has passed away, Victor is sent to retrieve the possessions of this man who has caused him such pain. Thomas winds up tagging along for the ride, since he's got the money to get the two of them all the way from Idaho to Arnold's trailer in Arizona.
Along the way, they teach each other life lessons. Thomas, through his storytelling shows Victor that ...

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