18 year-old Peter lives with his parents in a middle-class Toronto suburb and rebels constantly against their imposed middle-class goals and conventions and the materialist values they represent. He constantly mocks and belittles his family with his only real ally being his girlfriend Julie. Peter's relationship with his parents reaches its boiling point when he borrows his father's new car without permission and is left by him to spend the night in jail after Peter is arrested for reckless driving. Peter runs away from home and moves into a rooming house, and eventually gets a shady job as a parking attendant. His relationship with Julie becomes exponentially more complicated and he finally realizes that being alone in the real world is much harder than he ever imagined. Written by
I saw this film in 1965. It is very "Canadian" and depicts Toronto at a time when it was still basically a WASP city (before Yorkville). Note that actors Peter and Julie have the same name as their characters. They play two teens who fall in love, and she becomes pregnant.The treatment of this dilemma and the family dynamics is very realistic, enhanced by the black/white photography. If my memory serves me, there was no set script for this film; the actors developed their own lines. One is left with the feeling of having witnessed the real-life tensions in the lives of the people on the screen. Unlike "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg", this story of young love in difficulty is stark and realistic. There is not much sense of romance or beauty. It is gripping.
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