A young woman, living with her parents and siblings on a remote farm in harsh, picturesque northern Québec, has three suitors: a steady and unimaginative farmer, Eutrope, the Americanized ... See full summary »
A young woman, living with her parents and siblings on a remote farm in harsh, picturesque northern Québec, has three suitors: a steady and unimaginative farmer, Eutrope, the Americanized and wealthy Lorenzo, who has sought his fortune in Boston, and François Paradis, a rough and virile logger who captures her heart despite the warnings of her parents and the village priest. For a year, marked by seasonal change in an atmosphere charged with the strangeness of Indians and the demons of the woods, we see Maria at work and prayer, struggling with decisions, choosing to stay in Canada, in love with François, seeking to change his rough behaviors, and dealing with extraordinary loss. Written by
This movie follows the story as told by Louis Hémon in his book of the same name. Carole Laure is simply charming as Maria Chapdelaine, the daughter of a French-Canadian «colon». She's got to decide which pretender is she going to marry: the adventurous François Paradis (played by Nick Mancuso), Eutrope Gagnon the local farmer (played by Pierre Curzi) or Lorenzo Surprenant who works at a factory in New England (played by Donald Lautrec).
This movie frankly depicts the way of life of those who went north to farm the land and work in the forest industry.
The book is actually a classic in French-Canada, even though it was written by Louis Hémon, of France. The majority of high schools still have the book on their literature program.
8 out of 10.
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