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Review – ‘Wild Indian’

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Michael Greyeyes appears in Wild Indian by Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Eli Born.

“Some time ago… there was an Ojibwe man who got a little sick and wandered West.” Lyle Mitchell CorbineJr.’s debut feature starts with some sort of folkloric prologue, before we embark on what could easily be called “Native American Psycho”. ‘Wild Indian‘ is a dark modern serial-killer drama that doesn’t always leave much to the imagination.

It’s somewhere in the 1980s and teenager Makwa tries to survive an abusive household while wasting his days away in class, where he’s no stranger to bullies. Young actor Phoenix Wilson conveys tough emotions with a simple look and the sound of his voice. The sad surroundings he grows up in have turned inwards, waiting to…

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