Emery Prometer is an itinerant bush worker living in a logging community in a rural area of the Ottawa Valley. He doesn't make enough money to support his large family but he is too proud to except government handouts and thus his family must endure the hardships. Despite the isolation and deprivation, his family has nothing but compassion for his tough self-reliance and hard-drinking lifestyle. Eventually his oldest daughter Rosie decides she must break the cycle of poverty by leaving home, getting an education and then a job for a better future.Written by
Compelling drama about rural poverty and coming of age
This was Margot Kidder's first film, and though I saw over 30 years ago I still remember it quite well for the fine performances, solid directing, and the compelling story of poverty and coming of age in rural Ontario in the 60s. Worth watching if you, by some miracle, ever run across a copy of it. Also look for Kate Reid and Chris Wiggins in career-shaping roles. Won a GENIE (Canadian Oscar) for Best Film in 1969.
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