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Smoke Signals - Movie Synopsis & Plot

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Winner of the Audience Award and the Filmmaker's Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, and the official selection for opening night of the 1998 New Director/New Films, SMOKE SIGNALS is one of the most unique films of the year. Filled with the rich aesthetics and beautiful mood of American Indian culture, Sherman Alexie's story of friendship, love and loss (based on his award-winning short story, "the Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven") comes alive.

Set in Arizona, SMOKE SIGNALS is the story of two Indian boys on a journey. Victor (ADAM BEACH) is the stoic, handsome son of an alcoholic father who has abandoned his family. Thomas (EVAN ADAMS) is a gregarious, goofy young man who lost both his parents in a fire at a very young age. Through storytelling, Thomas makes every effort to connect with the people around him; Victor, in contrast, uses his quiet countenance to gain strength and confidence.

When Victor's estranged father dies, the two men embark on an adventure to Phoenix to collect the ashes. Along the way, SMOKE SIGNALS illustrates the ties that bind these two very different young men and embraces the lessons they learn from one another.

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