#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In the 17th century a Jesuit priest nicknamed Black Robe by the natives and his young companion are escorted through the wilderness of Quebec by a family of Algonquin Indians to find a distant mission in the dead of winter. Underneath the imposing and magnificent mountains, the Jesuit experiences a spiritual journey while his young companion falls in love with their Algonquin guide’s beautiful daughter. Dread and death follows them upriver, however, as they face an Iroquois war party. Based on historical fiction novel.
Plot: Missionary Father LaForgue travels to the New World in hopes of converting Algonquin Indians to Catholicism. Accepted, though warily, by the Indians, LaForgue travels with the Indians using his strict Catholic rules and ideals to try and impose his religion.
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Beautifully Filmed, Memorably Told
Wow, what a fascinating movie and different kind of film. One really can’t get the full impact of this through a review. Anyone who has seen this, I think would agree with me on that.
If I had skipped over the credits and someone had told me Terrence Malick (Days Of Heaven, The New World, The Thin Red Line and Badlands) and directed this film, I would have believed it. Visually, this is his kind of film. I wonder if this movie inspired parts of his latest effort, The New World? There are a number of similarities. Black Robe has the same kind of beautiful and haunting images Malick’s films possess but the director in this case is Bruce Bereford, the man who directed Driving Miss Daisy a couple of years before doing this film. DMD also is beautifully-filmed.
Black Robe is not just a piece of art. As great as it is visually, this is a powerful story of a well-intentioned Jesuit priest in the early 17th century who travels to “New France” (upstate New York/French Canadian territory) attempting to convert a few area tribes to Christianity. To unbelievers, that seems pushy but Biblically-speaking it is not. Jesus commanded his followers to do just that (Matt. 28:18-20) , so the priest is only doing what missionaries have done for centuries. He also is a good man, stays strong in his beliefs regardless of his own well-being and is a gentle soul. Kudos to the filmmakers for being fair to him.
The Algonquins and the Hurons are also shown with their beliefs, too, and their cultures which obviously were in contrast to the white European-based priest. All sides are shown fairly in this movie, with both positive and negative traits of all.
I was shocked at a few scenes in here, not expecting them as the film has such a gentle flow to it before anything dramatic happens. We see a few sexual scenes and then some brutal violence. The Hurons, particularly, do not want any invasion of their privacy and culture and are openly hostile to the priest and the Algonquins. The story transforms from a quiet Malick-type “New World” poetic piece to a violent, suspenseful film and the question is, will the “good guys” make it out alive?
The actors in here, perhaps, are not names most people outside Canada are familiar with, including me, but Lothaire Blueteau as Father Laforgue, Aden Young as his assistant “Daniel” and Sandrine Holt as Daniel’s Algonguin lover “Anuuka” are all very, very good. All the characters in this film are very credible people, steadfast in their own beliefs and they come across as realistic people. Most films have unreal people with unrealistic dialog….but not in this movie.
Another big plus was the soundtrack: a lush, haunting score throughout.
Without spoiling the ending, or adding political/theological agendas my own, let me just add that if you enjoy a beautiful-looking movie which also has a thoughtful, haunting story with honest characters, you should check this out. Highly recommended.
North America was never a Garden of Eden
Released in 1991 and based on Brian Moore’s researched novel, “Black Robe” relays the story of a young Jesuit priest in 1634 visiting the French settlement that later became Quebec City. Father LaForgue is assigned to a distant Huron mission accompanied by a young quasi-believing assistant and a family of Algonquin Indians. The group faces challenges beyond the harsh realities of the river trek itself, including an attack by hostile Iroquois. Of course the Indians question the “strange ways” of the priest and his dark attire and wonder whether he is a demon. Instead of addressing him as “Father” they simply call him “Black Robe.”
I’ve viewed “Black Robe” three times now and it never fails to capture my attention from beginning to end (the film runs 101 minutes), which is why I don’t get the criticism that it’s somehow unabsorbing. What strikes me most is the raw realism. Viewing “Black Robe” is the next best thing to going back in time and viewing the events firsthand.
Other highlights include: Lothaire Bluteau’s solid performance as the missionary priest; LaForgue’s assistant, well played by Aden Young, and his developing love for the daughter of the Algonquin leader, played by the beautiful Sandrine Holt; the Algonquins themselves, particular the patriarch; the freaky midget shaman of a band of Montagnais natives; the harrowing events at an Iroquois fort; the subtext on the truth or falsity of spiritual beliefs, both of the Jesuits and the Indians; and the spectacular cinematography of the Quebec wilderness (mostly the Saint Lawrence River, filmed on location). The film successfully shows the desolate, untamed nature of the NE before the mass encroachment of Europeans.
Some may wonder: How does it compare to “Last of the Mohicans” or “Dances with Wolves,” two contemporary films also featuring realistic portrayals of AmerIndians? Of the two, “Black Robe” is closer to “Last of the Mohicans” since the story takes place in the East and there aren’t any cowboys & Indians, although the story takes place well over a century earlier. The film differs from both in that there aren’t really any Hollywood contrivances, including conventional movie plotting. As great and generally believable as those other films are, “Black Robe” shows the harsher, bleaker reality, which some may translate as boring.
However, as raw and realistic as “Black Robe” is, it could’ve been more so, considering that it fails to show one disturbing reality of Eastern AmerIndian culture, as detailed in Moore’s book (pointed out by another reviewer): The film avoids depicting the native practice of ritual cannibalism on a dead infant, a custom that was common among the tribes of the Eastern woodlands. To consume an enemy’s flesh was to absorb his power. The heart of an especially courageous foe (such as Jesuit martyr St. Jean Brebeuf) would be eaten by tribal leaders. But, don’t get me wrong here, I’m kind of glad the movie left this aspect out.
“Black Robe” has the same vibe as 2007’s “Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan,” so if you appreciate that style of raw-realism you’ll likely value “Black Robe.” Needless to say, if you have ADHD or require constant explosions to maintain your attention, stay far away.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 41 min (101 min), 1 hr 37 min (97 min) (Germany)
Genre Adventure, Drama, History
Director Bruce Beresford
Writer Brian Moore
Actors Lothaire Bluteau, Aden Young, Sandrine Holt
Country Canada, Australia
Awards 10 wins & 13 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Stereo
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panaflex Cameras and Lenses by Panavision
Laboratory Atlab Film Laboratory Service, Sydney, Australia (post-production laboratory), Bellevue Pathé Québec Inc., Montreal, Canada (laboratory: Canada)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman EXR 500T 5296, 250D 5297)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm