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
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"Post production [was] carried out in Sydney, Australia" according to the film's closing credits. The picture was a Canadian-Australian co-production with filming conducted in both France and Canada. See more »
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 »
Is the Blackrobe a demon? He must be. Blackrobes never have sex with women.
It's a promise they make to their God.
Why make a promise like that?
Strange, isn't it?
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As a retired Christian minister, I have perhaps a different view of the movie than some of the other reviewers.
I felt that Laforgue,the Jesuit Priest, showed amazing courage to undertake his mission under the most difficult of circumstances.
Director Bruce Beresford has addressed the issues of clashing cultures in several of his other films: Driving Miss Daisy, Mr. Johnson for example. And he presents the complexities of culture anew in this film.
I was struck by the absolute beauty of Québec and the film's cinematography.
Back to Laforgue for a moment: here is a protagonist that accomplishes his mission with wisdom, intellegence, prayer, dependence upon his faith, lack of violence, and persverance.
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