Black Robe 1991

Black Robe

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Set in 1634, this film follows the travels of Father LaForgue (Lothaire Bluteau), a Jesuit priest called upon to search for a remote Canadian mission surrounded by Huron settlements. LaForgue, guided by a group of distrustful yet kind Algonquin natives, embarks on a trek across unfamiliar and treacherous terrain. The young priest's small party fends off the vicious attacks of the Iroquois tribe before finally reaching their destination. There, LaForgue finds the mission in a tragic state.

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Critic Reviews for Black Robe

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Audience Reviews for Black Robe

  • Apr 18, 2016
    "Black Robe," the 1991 film directed by Bruce Beresford starts off wonderfully until it drifts into a completely different film about an hour into it. What started off as two very different cultures trying to understand each other bounded by trade is muddied and in the process becomes an uneven mess. The most interesting aspects of the film are demonstrated by the French and Natives trying to understand each other's concept of religion and had that been the whole picture it could've stood out as a great picture with beautiful cinematography. But, it seemed like they couldn't expand that idea and threw in tribal warfare out of fear audiences would get bored. Once the filmmakers threw that in was the minute I got bored with it. It's worth seeing just for the first hour.
    Joseph B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2011
    Beautiful scenic photography of the area in and around Ontario. I love historical based movies, so I very much enjoyed this. A jesuit priest travels to the Americas from France to "save" the savages from themselves. Interesting subject, because this perspective seems more the reality than what we've been taught in school. May be a little slow for some, but the story is engaging, and the acting and directing is of high calibur.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2010
    Often simply too pat to enjoy, and all the ending manages to accomplish is closing the film.
    Dillon L Super Reviewer
  • Mar 02, 2009
    This film about a French missionary?s journeys among the Algonquin?s during the colonial era has often been called a Canadian Dances with Wolves, but this story is a lot bleaker and probably more realistic than that Kevin Costner vehicle. The main character is a frustratingly stubborn religious fanatic who never realizes the damage he?s doing by trying to convert the Native Americans to his ways. It?s very well made and it conveys the period quite well. However, the acting is a bit weak and the story itself doesn?t really go much of anywhere. It gets an ?A? in the historical reenactment department, and probably a ?C? in the narrative storytelling department.
    MJS M Super Reviewer

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