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Lost in the Barrens (1990)

TV Movie  |   |  2 December 1990 (Canada)
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An orphaned teen and a young tribal hunter get lost in the wilderness.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Shields ...
Jamie
Evan Adams ...
Awasis
Lee J. Campbell ...
Angus
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Mewasin
Marianne Jones ...
Lenore
Victor Cowie ...
Headmaster
Paul Grau ...
Gibson
Harry Nelken ...
McGruber
Ken Babb ...
Conductor
Jeff Madden ...
Indian Agent
Brian Richardson ...
Baggage Handler
Fred Robinson ...
School Trustee
Eric Robinson ...
Hunting Party Member
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Hunting Party Member
Louie Camerone ...
Hunting Party Member
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An orphaned teen and a young tribal hunter get lost in the wilderness.

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Disnified survival film with interesting characters.
9 July 2013 | by (Victoria, BC. Canada) – See all my reviews

The box has the words "family" stomped all over it, so the happy outcome is never in doubt.

What makes this adventure movie interesting is the very clearly drawn characters of the two 15-year old protagonists.

Orphan Jamie is impulsive and completely self-centred. Native Awasis is steeped in native superstition, a product of abuse in residential schools. Each gradually becomes a little less extreme from their interaction.

Because it is a family film, sex never rears it head, in even the most passing reference. Sex or desire just does not exist in their universe between anybody. I found the complete lack more jarring than had they put in a token reference to somebody having the hots for someone else. It gave the movie an unrealistic Disney feel.

I had some problems with continuity. The boys keep acquiring things as needed without any explanation of where they came from. It reminded me a bit of Mary Poppins' magic bag.

I did not particularly want to watch this movie. I did not want to watch people freezing, starving, killing animals for food and eating revolting things. The movie was my roommate's choice. However, the movie more than held my interest the whole way through.


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