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Europe encounters wilderness in nature and in the soul,
By A Customer
This review is from: Black Robe  [VHS] (VHS Tape)
"Black Robe" is the film "Dances with Wolves" might have been if Kevin Costner could have faced up to the bleakness, the ferocity and ambivalent human conduct engendered by the North American wilderness. A European priest travels into the trackless Canadian interior on a mission. The mission is to save souls but conventional European wisdom seems inadequate to change the indwelling spirit of the land and its people. Despite the immense distance of his journey - both geographical and spiritual - he perseveres to his goal. On the way he explores the extremes of barbarity and beauty, betrayal and loyalty, aimlessness and commitment. He is transformed and prevails not by words or dogma but by self-sacrifice. This film is thoughtful and earthy, inpsiring and demoralising all at once. A silent canoe ride into the heart of darkness Conrad visualised in Africa. But instead of finding just "the horror" at the heart of darkness he also finds shining light - does the light come from the depth of his own imported faith or from the spirits animating his new world? Brutish violence and cruelty intermingled with purity and piety. Watch and be drawn into the endless wilderness of your own soul....
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Initial post: 7 Nov 2009 14:11:20 GMT
Well, I was all set to review this movie, one of my favorites. Then I read this review and it says everything I might have said, and more eloquently, too. For once a movie not offering answers, not categorizing good and bad, but asking questions by simply confronting man with himself. Excellent!
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