The story of multiple traumas for a hairdresser, a Native Indian and a snow goose
Beautifully crafted, but a very sad film. Out of practically nowhere wander into Joanne's (Catherine Jacob) hair salon, Manon (Marie-Lyse LaBerge-Forest) seeking to have her tongue pierced and Louise, her adopted snow goose. Previously, Manon had left home after suffering the loss of her boyfriend and was subsequently taken in by a tribe of Native Indians in exchange for performing the Sun Dance many times for many days, the stress from which apparently killed her. She was presumed dead, and due to an ambulance accident, her body wound up in a forest where it rained constantly, putting her in a pool of water up to her nose. But her sacrifices for the Indians were compensated by some unseen spirit that restored her life's full vitality. (She was resuscitated.) From there, she walked until settling where the snow geese migrated, which gave her a feeling of security. She befriended the young goose, who had stayed behind due to a broken wing as the flock took flight, and lovingly nursed and cared for her. In the meantime Joanne had problems of her own as her American boyfriend, who was supposed to visit her on the solstice, dumped her instead. For awhile, at the start, Manon and Louise stayed with Joanne and her busy-body mother; however, at last Manon decided it was time to leave and time to release Louise. But before she could, Louise collapses and (just as Manon before) apparently dies. Fortunately, in this story, history repeats and we have an ending that is spared from complete tragedy. I cannot do justice to the sensitivity and artistry of Director Jacques Renard. This is a French/Canadian TV movie and scarcely known. However, it is worth every second of viewing time.
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