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Black Robe (1991)

R  |   |  Adventure, Drama, History  |  4 October 1991 (USA)
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A young Jesuit priest seeks to convert the Indian tribes in Canada while also trying to survive the harsh winter.

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Ougebmat
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Awondoie
Wesley Côté ...
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In the 17th century a Jesuit priest and a young companion are escorted through the wilderness of Quebec by Algonquin Indians to find a distant mission in the dead of winter. The Jesuit experiences a spiritual journey while his young companion falls in love with the Algonquin chief's beautiful daughter underneath the imposing and magnificent mountains. Dread and death follows them upriver. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Rated R for areas of strong violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Black Robe - Am Fluß der Irokesen  »

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The ferocity of the torture scenes prompted accusations of racism from Native Americans. Prominent among the critics was Ward Churchill, who wrote an article that was heavily critical of the film. However, Brian Moore, who had done extensive research on the subject, had actually toned down the documented violence for both his book and his screenplay. See more »

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When Mestigoit the Sorcerer meets Laforgue, Laforgue is reading the Breviary (daily prayer of a priest). The page is clearly at DOMINICA V POST PASCHA, the fifth Sunday of Easter which falls between 3rd May and 6th June. Yet the action is supposed to be taking place in the autumn-winter of 1634. See more »

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Chomina: If we had kept our promise to Champlain, there would be no problem.
Ougebmat: Promise? For axes, pots, and flints? Not even one musket.
Chomina: But we accepted their gifts! We have come to need them. This is our undoing - and it will be our ending.
Mestigoit: They are not gifts. There are no gifts given by the French that aren't paid for.
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Wonderful, Soul-shaking
13 June 1999 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

When averaging, extreme scores skew the result. So I wonder at the motives of those who voted "1" for this film. Sabotage?

"Black Robe" invites comparison with "Aguirre, the Wrath of God," another masterpiece. Two great directors project their vision of two different men who do something we in this "civilized" culture can hardly imagine: plunge into a vast, unknown, alien world. And ultimately into oblivion.

The motivation, the source of courage, is faith, on one hand, and hubris on the other. Watch both examples. Though we can easily discern the noble from the base, we experience equally powerful stories. Here is a chance to see juxtaposed two profoundly different outlooks subjected to a common ordeal. What a wonderful, terrifying, soul-shaking thing to witness!


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