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Mistress Madeleine (1986)

-Part of the 'Daughters of the Country' series, this film, set in the 1850s, unfolds against the backdrop of the Hudson's Bay Company's monopoly of the fur trade. In protest, some Métis ... See full summary »

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Aaron Kim Johnston
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mireille Deyglun ... Madeleine
Neil Munro Neil Munro ... Charles
Harry Daniels Harry Daniels ... Joseph
Alan Williams ... Kirk
Victor Cowie Victor Cowie ... MacGregor
Winona Stevenson Winona Stevenson ... Sara
Makka Kleist Makka Kleist ... Loon
Kennetch Charlette Kennetch Charlette ... Phillipe (as Ken Charlette)
Jerry Martin Jerry Martin ... Louis
Dennell Swampy Dennell Swampy ... Robert
Peter Jordan Peter Jordan ... Vicar
Joy Keeper Joy Keeper ... Renelle
Daniel Chartrand Daniel Chartrand ... André
Jennifer Chaboyer Jennifer Chaboyer ... Emilie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tina Keeper Tina Keeper ... Metis Maid
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-Part of the 'Daughters of the Country' series, this film, set in the 1850s, unfolds against the backdrop of the Hudson's Bay Company's monopoly of the fur trade. In protest, some Métis engage in trade with the Americans. Madeleine, the Métis common-law wife of a Hudson's Bay Company clerk, is torn between loyalty to her husband and loyalty to her brother, a freetrader. Even more shattering, a change in company policy destroys Madeleine's happy and secure life, forcing her to re-evaluate her identity.

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Drama | History

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A vivid vignette of early Metis life in Winnipeg, Manitoba
8 October 2003 | by ram-30See all my reviews

"Mistress Madeleine" is quickly becoming standard viewing for Native Studies and Canadian History classes and rightly so. The film is part two of the NFB's "Daughters of the Country" Series, the first of which is "Ikwe". The plot shows Madeleine, a Metis woman involved with the white manager of the Hudson's Bay Company. The man, getting pressure from his superiors to dump the Halfbreed woman, has a tough decision: lose the woman he loves or the job he loves. The film features accurate props(ex.Red River Carts)and stunning cinematography. It also features some familiar faces to Canadian TV audiences: Peter Jordan from "It's a Living" plays the vicar and Tina Keeper from "North of 60" has a brief role also. I highly suggest this movie to anyone interested in Canadian history.


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Canada

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English | French

Release Date:

24 January 1991 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Kanada lányai - Madeleine See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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