• Canvas (2007)


Release Date: October 12th, 2007

DVD Release Date: January 29th, 2008

PG-13 |1 hr 41 min

Plot Summary

In a small coastal town, contractor John Marino (Joe Pantoliano) struggles to understand his wife, Mary (Marcia Gay Harden), when she starts behaving strangely. After a doctor's visit, they discover she has schizophrenia. Nothing the doctors do helps, however, so John must live with his wife's incurable mental illness, while also helping their confused child Chris (Devon Gearhart) make sense of it. But as Mary's mental state declines, John finds an unexpected source of comfort in his son.

Cast: Joe Pantoliano, Marcia Gay Harden, Devon Gearhart, Sophi Bairley, Marcus Johns

Director: Joseph Greco

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Rebellion Pictures

Keywords: Marriage, Husband, Sacrifice, Family, 2000s, Fall, Love, Small town, Melodramatic, Son

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Marcia Gay Harden finds a fine balance between madness and the temptations of overacting. Yes, she runs wild sometimes, but always as a human being, not as a caricature. show more

  • 80
    Frank ScheckThe Hollywood Reporter

    This autobiographical tale of a 10-year-old boy coping with his mother's severe illness boasts terrific performances from its three leads -- Joe Pantoliano, Marcia Gay Harden and young Devon Gearhart. show more

  • 75
    Lou LumenickNew York Post

    Harden and Pantoliano (especially) can be two of the most over-the-top performers in the business, but they don't strike a false note in Canvas - and neither does this heartbreaking movie. show more

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