Battle of the Brave

In 18th century Quebec France and England continued their battle for control of the province. New France is collapsing or losing interest (depending on your point of view) and England is ready to sweep in and take over the colony. Set against this backdrop, Francois Le Gardeur (David La Haye – Head in the Clouds, The Red Violin), a trapper, arrives back at his family home after his father's death to take over the running of the property. Francois, who has always rejected his family's bourgeois ways, is uncomfortable with his sizable inheritance. On top of this he finds out that his father was involved in some shady dealings with Intendant Bigot (Vincent Perez – The Crow: City of Angels, Indochine). One day he crosses paths with Marie-Loup Carignan (Noemie Godin-Vigneau – starred in several Quebec television series), a peasant woman who is a single mother to her daughter France (Juliette Gosselin – first film), and the attraction is instantaneous. Marie-Loup, despite her economic condition, is a self-assured woman whose ways and outspokenness threatens many including Father Blondeau (Gerard Depardieu – Green Card, Last Holiday). Because she socializes with the Natives and uses many natural remedies to heal people there are rumours of her being a witch. Their love causes many problems for themselves and those around them.

Don't fall victim to the marketing ploy and believe this is a tale of war; it is a love story pure and simple! Far from bring something along the lines of "Last of the Mohicans" it is more like a bad CBC Movie of the Week. After watching the film I was amazed that they were able to get known actors as Gerard Depardieu, Tim Roth, Colm Meany, Jason Isaacs, and Vincent Perez to be a part of it. Though, other than Gerard Depardieu, they all had very minor roles it is still puzzling. Director Jean Beudoin (Le Collectioneur, Being At Home With Claude) has made a film that is full of cheesy dialogue and historical inaccuracies. Most of the supporting characters (French Canadians, Natives, etc.) are over-the-top clichés. The film was shot in amidst beautiful scenery but all that is wasted in this clumsy plodding film.

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