The Law of Enclosures (film)

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The Law of Enclosures
Directed byJohn Greyson
Produced byDamon D'Oliveira
John Greyson
Phyllis Laing
Written byJohn Greyson
Based onThe Law of Enclosures by Dale Peck
StarringSarah Polley
Brendan Fletcher
Music byDon Pyle
Andrew Zealley
CinematographyKim Derko
Edited byMike Munn
Distributed byMomentum Pictures
Release date
  • September 15, 2000 (2000-09-15) (TIFF)
Running time
111 min.
Budget2 million
Box office$1,000

The Law of Enclosures is a Canadian drama film, released in 2000. The film was written and directed by John Greyson, and based on the novel The Law of Enclosures by Dale Peck.

The story traces the marital relationship of Henry and Beatrice, characters based on Peck's real-life parents, over the course of their lives from their courtship as young adults to their 40th wedding anniversary. For the film adaptation, Greyson set the events in 1991 against the backdrop of the first Gulf War, with Henry and Beatrice's younger and older selves all coexisting in a single time frame.

Sarah Polley and Brendan Fletcher play Beatrice and Henry as a young couple, with Diane Ladd and Sean McCann playing the older characters. While author Peck was born in New York and raised in Kansas, Greyson set the film in Sarnia, Ontario. The score was written by Don Pyle and Andrew Zealley.



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