Canada, 2013, 78 Minute Running Time
Topics: Documentary, Jewish Interest
Program: True Stories
Welcome to "The Manor". Being a Canadian story, hockey must figure in this movie somehow: filmmaker Shawney Cohen wanted goalie pads as a Bar Mitzvah gift for his 13th birthday present; instead, his dad got him a lap dance.
You see, "The Manor" is a strip club owned by the Cohen family. Meet the Cohens: dad Roger, who bought the business in Guelph, about an hour’s drive from Toronto, 30 years ago, struggles with declining profits and an expanding waistline; mom Brenda takes care of the family and struggles with her shrinking waistline; first-born Shawney, the filmmaker, is ambivalent about the club and his role in it; and his younger brother Sammy, a business major, seems like a natural to take over the club some day.
Selected for the prestigious opening night slot at Hot Docs, the leading documentary film festival in North America, "The Manor" is not a social issue film meant to change the world. It is simply one of the best told, most interesting, and personal films of the year about a typical suburban Jewish family and its typical suburban strip club.
Filmmaker(s) attending: Director, Producer
DIRECTOR: Shawney Cohen
Producer: Laurie Gwen Shapiro, Paul Scherzer
Editor: Seth Poulin
Cinematographer: Chris Mably, Mike Gallay, Shawney Cohen
Music: Jim Guthrie
Principal Cast: Shawney Cohen
Filmography: Debut Feature
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