Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
It took six years for debuting Canadian director Daniel Cross to make this insightful, sympathetic and surprisingly intimate documentary portrait of three homeless men living on the streets of downtown Montreal. Cross's odyssey into the world of hobos and panhandlers began in 1990. His first two subjects are John and Danny Claven. At the film's beginning, John has decided to live on the streets after he is evicted from his apartment; John only plans on living without a home for a short time. His drug and alcohol-addicted 25-year-old brother Danny has been on the streets since age 11. Suffering from severe mood swings, Danny has real problems relating to people or holding down jobs for any length of time. Both brothers hang around with Frank O'Malley, the self-styled "King of the Hobos." An Irish immigrant in his mid-50s, Frank is a diabetic and a severe alcoholic who during the making of the film had to have his left leg amputated after it became gangrenous.
addiction, alcoholism, bum, craziness, drugs, homelessness