Media Room

The Manor


Thu, Apr 25 9:30 PM
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

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Mon, Apr 29 12:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1

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78 minutes | Canada  | English  | World Premiere | Rating: 14A

Shawney Cohen reluctantly returns home to a small Ontario town to help his family through a difficult time: his 400-pound father is about to undergo stomach reduction surgery, his 85-pound mother refuses to acknowledge her complicated relationship with food and his younger brother needs help running their unconventional family business. Now an adult in his mid-30s, Shawney was only six years old when his father bought the Manor, a strip club adjoining a 32-room motel. Shawney’s role as filmmaker and son provides an astonishingly intimate and rarely seen perspective on a family facing the consequences of their livelihood, dependence and love. The film borders on Greek tragedy with Shawney acting as both chorus and hero, following the sometimes comedic ups and downs of his family over three years to reveal that the business of running a strip club might be the most functional part of this family.

Media Coverage

Shawney Cohen (Director)
Mike Gallay (Co-Director)

Paul Scherzer

Executive Producer(s)
Paul Scherzer
Laurie Gwen Shapiro

Chris Mably
Mike Gallay
Shawney Cohen

Seth Poulin

Jim Guthrie

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