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The Sweater (1980)

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A French Canadian boy endures the terrible shame when he receives the hockey sweater of the wrong team.

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This cartoon tells a humourous story that underlines the "two solitudes" element of Canadian society where two social groups, the English speaking and French speaking populations live in the same country, but can literally barely speak to or tolerate each other. This is illustrated in this story about how a boy in Quebec has to endure the terrible shame of being given the sweater of the predominate English speaking Canadian hockey team, Toronto Maple Leafs, instead of the same sweater of his idol, Maurice "Rocket" Richard of the Montreal Canadiens. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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The iconic photo on the narrator's wall was from the Stanley Cup-winning goal in 1953, even though the story was set in 1946. See more »

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Narrator: When I was a boy growing up in a small village in Quebec, two events were mandatory: the mass on Sunday, and the Saturday night hockey game.
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Yet another excellent short produced by the National Film Board of Canada

This marvelous short will hit home with everyone who, as a child, specifically asked for something because it was hip or cool, only to be given something that would mark you for life with your peers and were told by your Mom or Dad (or both) that it didn't matter, as you earnestly began considering enlisting in a Witness Protection Program in order to avoid ridicule. For those U.S. residents who don't get the horror because you don't follow hockey, it's like a Dallas Cowboy fan getting a Washington Redskins jersey or a Yankees fan getting a Red Sox jersey. It isn't pretty. For our European friends, think of two great rival football (soccer to us) clubs and imagine a fan of one getting a jersey from the other. Ouch!!! NFB of C outdid themselves here!

Une hommage du Maurice "Rocket" Richard, merci, M. Richard.


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