The Manor

“Shawney Cohen calls himself a filmmaker, but he’s actually been a strip club manager for longer. When he was six years old his father bought “The Manor,” a strip club attached to a seedy 32-room motel in Guelph, Ontario. Years later, his father has seen his weight balloon to 400 pounds, while his mother struggles to survive at 85 pounds.
“Cohen reluctantly returns home to help his family through this difficult time. As his 400-pound father is about to undergo stomach reduction surgery, his 85-pound mother refuses to acknowledge her complicated relationship with food and his younger brother needs help running their unconventional family business. Hoping to understand what happened to his family, Shawney spends three years filming in a shadowy world of sex, drugs and family feuds.
“His role as filmmaker and son provides an astonishingly intimate and rarely seen perspective on a family facing the consequences of their livelihood, dependence and love. The film borders on Greek tragedy with Shawney acting as both chorus and hero, following the sometimes comedic ups and downs of his family over three years to reveal that the business of running a strip club might be the most functional part of this family.
“The Manor is director Shawney Cohen’s first feature documentary. It is the recipient of a Shaw Media-Hot Docs Completion Fund grant (2011), as well as receiving a grant from the Tribeca Film Institute Documentary Fund (2012), and being recognized as the IDFA Forum Round-Table Pitch Winner (2011). - TIFF

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