An outstanding action film with a religious theme, all taking place in the unimaginable beautiful Canadian wilderness. It's the Seventeenth Century, and France has only recently established New France on the American continent. A too young priest is sent on a mission to assist their Indian allies against their foes, the unpredictable and deadly Huron Indians.
This is a 1991 docudrama directed by Bruce Beresford, based on the novel of the same name by Irish Canadian author Brian Moore.
Shot entirely in the Canadian province of Quebec, the film depicts a gripping and tragic story---one of the most meticulously researched representations of indigenous life put on film.
Notably, the film includes dialogue in the Cree, Mohawk, and Algonquin languages.
If you're interested in indigenous life of the 17th century, this is a must-see.
Absolutely finest, most credible film of the catholic church in the new world of north america in the 17th century, A real mind opener. Spirituality on film. Excellent performances by all!
6 Genie Awards including Best Picture. For me, not as good as "Dances With Wolves" but pretty good story from Bruce Beresford (Academy Award Nominated Director of "Driving Miss Daisy", "Tender Mercies" and "Breaker Morant").
I just saw a portion of of this film at a blog belonging to a ultra conservative Catholic parishioner being agnostic I was curious about the subjectmatter. I would highly reccomend this film for people who are curious about how the Christian gospel was spread in the 1600's. this film has sexual situations parent guidance is advised. Its ironic that the goal was conversion of the Huron Indians who had in my opinion a more grounded and Spiritual view of the world while primative; It took the exposure of Christianity to the harsh realities and shortcomings of the faith; by the people following those who converted them to make me ponder would the indians have been better off being left alone ?
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