Frank Erl and Geordie Dobson are octogenarians who’ve spent the better part of a life panning for gold in Highet Creek and tending bar in ghost town Keno City, respectively. No longer sinewy Marlboro Men, they knock back beer in their meager dwellings, waxing philosophical on material possessions and relationships past. Director Tony Massil doesn’t waste time on the Yukon’s vastness, instead examining the claustrophobia and watery-eyed introspection that comes with making one’s home on the range. Never pedantic, always earnest, and at times wickedly funny, the film’s only downside is the occasional unexamined anecdote—the inevitable result of cramming two full lives into 19 minutes of film.
At 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16; also on Friday, June 19, at 11:30 p.m. at Round House Theatre.