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||IMDB Rating: 7.1/10 from 5,161 votes
||Release: 4 October 1991 (USA) /
||Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
||Director: Bruce Beresford,
||Stars: Aden Young, August Schellenberg, Billy Two Rivers, François Tassé, Frank Wilson, Harrison Liu, James Bobbish, Jean Brousseau, Lawrence Bayne, Lothaire Bluteau, Raoul Trujillo, Sandrine Holt, Tantoo Cardinal, Wesley Côté, Yvan Labelle
||Synopsis: In the 17th century a Jesuit priest and a young companion are escorted through the wilderness of Quebec by Algonquin Indians to find a distant mission in the dead of winter. The Jesuit experiences a spiritual journey while his young companion falls in love with the Algonquin chief's beautiful daughter underneath the imposing and magnificent mountains. Dread and death follows them upriver. Written by Keith Loh <[email protected]>
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This exquisitely photographed film portrays the cultural clash between
Europeans (in this case the Europeans happen to be French) and various
native tribes in seventeenth century North America without
romanticizing either French culture or that of the native peoples.
Perhaps the most striking feature of this film from my perspective was
utter arrogance of the Europeans to come into a wild country presuming
the superiority of their way of life over that of the indigenous
peoples. No character seemed to understand that better than Father
LaForgue, admirably portrayed by Lothaire Bluteau. The good Father
soldiers on despite the evidence that his presence in the vast
wilderness of North America won't make a whit of difference in his life
or in the lives of the people he has vowed to introduce into
"paradise." The Algonquin guides worry about their attachment to the
"demon" LaForgue and wonder whether they shouldn't just kill him. Even
LaForgue's young assistant, Daniel, wonders how the presence of a
French missionary makes the the native people's lives any better. The
Iroquois, who suffer from a harsh depiction in the film, take a more
economically-based view of LaForgue -- he and Daniel are seen by the
Iroquois as currency to be exchanged for guns.
An aside concerning the Iroquois. While the violence depicted in the
film is no doubt accurate, what the film does not reveal is that the
Iroquois likely became decidedly more hostile when the French began to
assist old enemies, such as the Algonquin, in traveling into hunting
grounds that had previously been Iroquois territory.
But back to LaForgue, whose journey is the primary emphasis of the
film. He has journeyed, apparently from a life of some privilege in
France, leaving behind a doting mother and (perhaps) a beautiful young
woman. He has journeyed away from the "pleasures of the flesh,"
lingering on the sight of a couple making love in the communal tipi and
later admitting to Daniel that he, LaForgue, lusts after the young
Alogonquin woman,Annuka, with whom Daniel had already struck up a
sexual relationship. He gets lost on the journey in the cathedral-like
forest and rejoices and being found by Algonquin hunters, who express
some bemusement that the Black Robe got lost in the first place.
Finally, he journeys to the Hurons and a village beset by smallpox,
where baptism has been sold to the natives as a miracle cure as much as
it has a key to salvation.
By avoiding the tendency of films depicting Native American life to
romanticize, Bruce Beresford has captured more profoundly the daily
harsh realities of life for the peoples inhabiting the northeastern
portion of North America at the arrivals of the first trickling of
Europeans. Neither way of life is ultimately depicted as superior to
the other: each simply is. This is not a "feel-good" film. Instead it
is a realistic, thought-provoking tale of a journey of a man, of
cultures, and of life itself. Simply a brilliant film.
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, August Schellenberg
, Billy Two Rivers
, François Tassé
, Frank Wilson
, Harrison Liu
, James Bobbish
, Jean Brousseau
, Lawrence Bayne
, Lothaire Bluteau
, Raoul Trujillo
, Sandrine Holt
, Tantoo Cardinal
, Wesley Côté
, Yvan Labelle
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