Lily and her three youngest children join her husband David Sutton, a doctor in an isolated northern Alberta town. Their eleven-year-old son arrives later from boarding school. David ... See full summary »

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David Sutton
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Rosanne Ladouceur
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Lily Sutton
Vera Marin ...
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Robert Sutton
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Naomi Sutton
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Mike Sawchuk
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Lily and her three youngest children join her husband David Sutton, a doctor in an isolated northern Alberta town. Their eleven-year-old son arrives later from boarding school. David conceals a dark secret which caused the family to leave England without telling anybody. They befriend a neighbor Rosanne, who throws out her boyfriend after he beats her up in a bar. Lily, who is very English and out of place in the town, hires the half-Native Rosanne as a housekeeper, and eventually the two women become good friends, until the secret emerges again. Written by Will Gilbert

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Unforgettable (at least for me)
16 June 2005 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I'm amazed how well I remember this film, nearly 20 years after the only time I saw it. It paints a compelling picture of an outsider family's relationship with the small town in which it's arrived. The relationship has both overt and covert elements, and at the beginning of the film the viewer is let in on the secret of which the townspeople are unaware. I think that's part of what made this film so captivating for me: there was no whodunit aspect to distract me, so I was able to get fully immersed in the complexities of the developing relationships.

This is no Hollywood good-guys-vs.-bad-guys movie. There are shades of grey, and difficult tradeoffs.

I highly recommend this film. It's a shame that it doesn't seem to have received exposure outside Canada, as its themes are universal.


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