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A collection of adaptations of short stories by Canadian writers. Ernest Buckler's The Dream and the Triumph is about a young man named Paul who moves in with his widowed grandmother and saves her pride by paying for her eye operation without her knowledge (23 min. 42 sec.). In Alice Munro's Connection, a young wife realizes that her unsophisticated aunt's warmth has more value than her husband's cold sophistication (23 min. 42 sec.). Bambinger by Mordecai Richler tells the story of Sammy, a twelve-year-old whose resentment of the new boarder, Mr. Bambinger, turns to compassion when he learns that the ship carrying Bambinger's wife and son to Canada has been struck by a torpedo (23 min. 50 sec.). Based on a story by Sinclair Ross, The Painted Door is a drama about love, infidelity, tragedy and regret. When her husband is away during a terrible prairie blizzard, a neighbour, Stephen, comes by to help Anne with the chores and they end up spending the night together (23 min. 50 sec.). Mortimer Griffin and Shalinsky by Mordecai Richer: Shalinsky, an eccentric Jewish intellectual, harasses Mortimer, a college lecturer, whom he believes is secretly a Jew who has changed his name (23 min. 43 sec.). To Set Our House in Order by Margaret Laurence: In dealing with information about the death of her uncle in World War I, and the upheaval it continues to cause her family, a young girl questions the nature of God (23 min. 48 sec.). The Rebellion of Young David is Ernest Buckler's story of a widowed farmer and his difficulties in bringing up his seven-year-old son by himself (23 min. 43 sec.). W.P. Kinsella's John Cat is about prejudice and a conflict between helping someone and protecting one's interests. Two young Canadian Indians rescue a fellow Indian who was beaten but the victim later prevents his rescuers from helping an injured Indian boy lest the police accuse them of having hurt the boy (23 min. 48 sec.).

1996, 190 min 06 s

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