It's the winter of 1940. Father Athol Murray - "Pere" to most that know him - is an opinionated, chain-smoking, hard drinking parish priest at Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. ...
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It's the winter of 1940. Father Athol Murray - "Pere" to most that know him - is an opinionated, chain-smoking, hard drinking parish priest at Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. His strong opinions include his disdain for socialism as epitomized by the CCF party in Saskatchewan and the current war which has claimed too many lives including those of former students, needing to raise money to operate the College by whatever means, and not wanting others to emulate his vices - especially not wanting the students and women to smoke - while he blissfully enjoys those vices himself. Despite these views, he is beloved by most that know him, although he often is the cause for consternation of the area's bishop, Bishop Williams. Pere may face backlash in the form of Ron Fryer, a new student to the College. Despite needing to "triumph over adversity" - his unofficial motto - every day in operating the College on a shoestring, a hockey game between the College's team, the Hounds, ... Written by
Not bad for the Canadian film board! Actually watchable, and not its usual politically correct attack on the Catholic Church. I remember watching this film with my future wife while on Christmass break during collegde. This film give the viewer the feel of what Notre Dame Sask school was like. How the tourch was passed, how the Priest tried too instill toughness for the people to survive the difficult time they faced in the 30's and 40's. 6 or 7 out of 10.
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