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Academy Award® winner Bruce Beresford directed this meticulously researched historical epic about a young French priest who is escorted on a perilous journey through the Canadian wilderness by a group of Algonquin Indians.
Directed by Academy Award® winner Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) from Brian Moore's adaptation of his own novel, this Genie Award-winning historical epic is set in 1634 Quebec, where the young Jesuit priest Father Laforgue (Lothaire Bluteau) is sent by Samuel de Champlain to find a distant French mission in a Huron village. Travelling across the uncharted territory in the company of a group of Algonquin Indians, Laforgue finds his devout convictions challenged by a blossoming interracial romance and the seemingly unbridgeable cultural gulf between the European and Native ways of life. Though constrained by its unavoidably non-Native perspective, Black Robe nevertheless marked a considerable advancement in the onscreen representation of First Peoples, striving to present an accurate, authentic and sympathetic vision of Indigenous life that stands in stark contrast to the simplistic platitudes of its more celebrated predecessor Dances With Wolves.