The Law of Enclosures (film)

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The Law of Enclosures
Directed by John Greyson
Produced by Damon D'Oliveira
John Greyson
Phyllis Laing
Written by novel Dale Peck
writer John Greyson
Starring Sarah Polley
Brendan Fletcher
Music by Don Pyle
Andrew Zealley
Cinematography Kim Derko
Edited by Mike Munn
Distributed by Momentum Pictures
Release dates
15 September 2000
Toronto Film Festival (premiere)
Running time
111 min.
Country Canada
Language English
Budget 2 million
Box office $1,000

The Law of Enclosures is a Canadian drama film, released in 1999. The film was written and directed by John Greyson, and based on the novel The Law of Enclosures by Dale Peck.

The novel traced 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 played Henry and Beatrice as a young couple, with Diane Ladd and Sean McCann playing the older characters. Greyson also set the film in Sarnia, Ontario. The film's cast also included Kristen Thomson, Rob Stefaniuk, Shirley Douglas and Jasmine Guy. The score was written by Don Pyle and Andrew Zealley.



  • 2002 Brendan Fletcher won Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role at the Genie Awards

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