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La petite Aurore l'enfant martyre (1952)

A little girl wittness the death of her mother- expressly killed through negligence by the woman supposedly nursing the invalid mother back to health. The coniving nurse in turn marries the... See full summary »


Jean-Yves Bigras


Emile Asselin (play), Emile Asselin (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Yvonne Laflamme Yvonne Laflamme ... Aurore
Lucie Mitchell ... Marie-Louise
Paul Desmarteaux ... Theodore
Janette Bertrand ... Catherine (as Jeannette Bertrand)
Jean Lajeunesse ... Abraham
J. Léo Gagnon ... Le médecin
Marc Forrez Marc Forrez ... Le curé
Therese McKinnon Therese McKinnon ... Delphine Andois
Nana de Varennes ... Melvina
Lucie Poitras Lucie Poitras
Rolland D'Amour ... Le forgeron (as Roland D'Amour)
Adrien Laurion Adrien Laurion
André Poitras André Poitras
Pierrette Legare Pierrette Legare
Roch Poulin Roch Poulin ... Maurice


A little girl wittness the death of her mother- expressly killed through negligence by the woman supposedly nursing the invalid mother back to health. The coniving nurse in turn marries the child's father thereby taking the dead woman's place and becoming the little girl's stepmother. After unwisely revealing to the stepmother that she knows the reason for her mother's death; Arore is abused by her stepmother who hopes that in torturing the child she can keep her silent. The father, who is absent during the day farming the land, closes his eyes or refuses to believe his new wife is abusive when confronted by the sight of his miserable burnt and beaten child. Written by Huiswoman

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Biography | Drama







Release Date:

25 April 1952 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Aurore, l'enfant martyre See more »


Box Office


CAD 75,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Edited into La conquête du grand écran (1996) See more »

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Brutal, effective film
16 January 2008 | by charchukSee all my reviews

It's hard for me to judge this, since it's only available in French with no subtitles, so I understood nearly none of the dialogue. But I was able to get the gist of the story, partly because it's very simple, and partly because the actors are expressive enough for me to understand the basics of what they're saying, even if I only pick up a word or two. It's actually a pretty brutal film, with some disturbing bits of child abuse that's nearly unbearable to watch at times, and a completely uncompromising and depressing ending. That said, there's some stuff to be admired here: it does a great job of setting a mood and atmosphere, with a haunting organ score, shadowy lighting, and uncomfortably close camera work; the acting is solid enough, though it's admittedly hard to tell; the story, while simplistic, is effective in evoking strong emotions. It's a dark, dreary film, but it does its job well.

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