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Produced by M.W. Macina; directed by Eli Necakov
Kismet Productions, 1992. VHS cassette, 24:00 min., $190.00. Distributed by International Tele-Film, 47 Densley Ave., Toronto, Ont. M6M 5A8.

Grades 9 and up/Ages 14 and up

Reviewed by Wendy Zwaal

Volume 20 Number 5
1992 October

Roger Lane is unemployed and homeless. He sleeps in the park and eats at the mission. This is his chosen life-style. Roger has chosen to live outside society.

One day, while visiting his friend Harold, a parking lot attendant, Roger finds a lottery ticket that has been dropped by a rude driver. Roger decides not to return the ticket to its owner. The ticket turns out to be a winner worth six million dollars.

Roger feels that his good fortune was kismet and goes to collect the money. However, others are not convinced that Roger's win was the result of fate. The lottery clerk, Roger's former girlfriend, and Harold all believe that hard work, sacrifice and responsibility produce their own rewards. Roger eventually retrieves his prize, only to have fate play a cruel joke on him.

The video is interesting and unusual, although not necessarily enjoyable. Roger is unlikable and obnoxious, and one cannot feel any sympathy for him.

The video could be used by high school students studying society or ethics. It would make a good catalyst for discussing issues such as the value of hard work, fate, honesty, or responsibility. However, the video is costly and of interest to a specialized audience.

Recommended with reservations.

Wendy Zwaal is a children's librarian at Newmarket Public Library in Newmarket, Ontario

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