Robert Ross lives a protected adolescence in a well-off Toronto suburb. Secretive and withdrawn, he shares his thoughts only with his sister Rowena, who is mentally disabled. He feels ...
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Robert Ross lives a protected adolescence in a well-off Toronto suburb. Secretive and withdrawn, he shares his thoughts only with his sister Rowena, who is mentally disabled. He feels compassion for his weak and conventional father. He avoids any confrontation with his mother, a dominating woman whose despondency at having given birth to a handicapped child has turned to bitterness. Rowena occupies a central position in Robert's existence of daydreams and make-believe. When she dies, Robert clashes openly with his family, and decides to take himself in hand. It's 1914. He enrolls in the Canadian army, and, after training in Alberta and Montreal, he finds himself in England and France. The war becomes another way for him to resolve his conflicts, his dramas, his passions--his wars.Written by
When asked in a January 1984 interview with Cinema Canada what was lost in the transition from novel to screenplay, author Timothy Findley replied that "a lot was lost" primarily due to lack of budget. Director Robin Phillips and he had originally wanted to produce it as a mini-series. See more »
The unedited film is a disturbing look at war in our society
This is one of the great anti war films. Although quite dry at times and requiring the viewer to actually think rather than just sit and be "entertained"; it does convey the early 1900's attitudes and mores rather well. With some great actors and a suitable sound track this film is more suited to the enthusiast rather than your everyday movie patron. Note, this is a film, not a movie.
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