In the early 1940's, Canada is a country at war and Florentine is a young woman, from a very poor family, looking for love. She meets two suitable men, a nice soldier from a good and ... See full summary »
In the early 1940's, Canada is a country at war and Florentine is a young woman, from a very poor family, looking for love. She meets two suitable men, a nice soldier from a good and wealthy family, and an ambitious self-centered engineer. She must decide whether she wants to follow her head or her heart... Written by
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Director Claude Fournier turns Gabrielle Roy's THE TIN FLUTE into THE THIN PLOT.
First of all, let me say that Gabrielle Roy's novel THE TIN FLUTE(or BONHEUR D'OCCASION) is a thematic forerunner of and, perhaps, an inspiration to Frank McCourt's ANGELA'S ASHES. The two stories deal with the poverty of the working class, war as a job opportunity, sickly children, and the effect of premarital sex on devout Catholic communities in the 1940s. All you have to do is substitute Ireland with Quebec. Although the Canadian novel is, I feel, superior, the film is inferior. Anyone expecting the crispness and humour of Alan Parker's ANGELA'S ASHES from Fournier's TIN FLUTE will be disappointed. Fournier did much better with his story about First Nations warrior Almighty Voice in his film ALIEN THUNDER. Although slow paced like THE TIN FLUTE, it at least attempts at humour to alleviate the sombre subject matter. The film does have some neat Hitchcockian film techniques like when Rose-Anna's(Marilyn Lightstone) scream is superimposed with a train whistle when she sees her husband wearing an army uniform. However, these moments are few and far between and the sensitivity of Roy's novel melts into melodramatic drivel. If you get a chance to see this film(made in two parts for CBC television, in English and in French), don't be surprised if you experience deja vu.
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