A little girl wittness the death of her mother- expressly killed through negligence by the woman supposedly nursing the invalid mother back to health. The coniving nurse in turn marries the... See full summary »
A little girl wittness the death of her mother- expressly killed through negligence by the woman supposedly nursing the invalid mother back to health. The coniving nurse in turn marries the child's father thereby taking the dead woman's place and becoming the little girl's stepmother. After unwisely revealing to the stepmother that she knows the reason for her mother's death; Arore is abused by her stepmother who hopes that in torturing the child she can keep her silent. The father, who is absent during the day farming the land, closes his eyes or refuses to believe his new wife is abusive when confronted by the sight of his miserable burnt and beaten child. Written by
A Landmark Movie that Shook the French Canadian Community for Ever!
Thanks to those who gave positive strokes to this early Quebec film production! In this era when Canadian culture is fighting for its survival under an inundation/flood of mostly violent mass produced mediocre films from their southern neighbor, "La Petite Aurore" 1952 was a first/second local French Canadian attempt to tell a story that mattered to the community. Provided with a meager budget, poor equipment, inexperienced support and rookie actors, Aurore did extremely well for the days. It was for the time, the best that could be done with the means at hand AND IT WAS A FIRST (or second)for the French Canadian cinema in it's infancy. This movie is also unique because it specifically touched a population who was mostly living under the same conditions and religious societal structure that existed in the community where the film drama took place. Most viewers identified to the players involved in the movie. Finally, the distribution of this movie was to expose the horrible demise of an innocent child that took place under the nose of a mute "anytowm Quebec" under circumstances that were so common at the time (infantile death, high maternal mortality, high farm accident rates for the men, and rural poverty). Imagine the reaction of our American cousins if we replaced their sitcoms with humor from BBC (England) and the rest with Miniseries from Radio Canada, enough to get us invaded! French Canadians lived in a closed circuit community, often treated as tenants or second rated citizens of a land they owned (along with the natives) under the scrutiny of wealthy English speaking manufacturers & nobility. The feelings expressed in this production had been experienced by each Quebecois of that era. Sure, it did not had the Hollywood luster or polish and the depth of French made movies but it addressed issues and hardships that poor large rural French Canadian families dealt with on a daily basis and could identify with very well. I offer my admiration and respect to all our ancestors who paid with their life, for the heritage we hopefully enjoy. For those interested in an interactive investigation of the true story of this young martyr, please go to the following websites in English and Francais: http://www.canadianmysteries.ca/sites/gagnon/indexen.html Sincerely, Guy "Lancelot" Lapointe-Nowlan or Lancelot1953@msn.com
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