The setting for this drama is a logging community, focusing on a man who chooses the unfettered life and uncertain income of an itinerant bush worker, even though it means that his family lives poorly as a result. The film is a study of the effects on family life of isolation and deprivation. Features a wonderful performance from a young Margot Kidder.
Ages 14 to 17
Family Studies/Home Economics - Adolescent Development
Family Studies/Home Economics - Parenting
Family Studies/Home Economics - Relationships
Health/Personal Development - Substance Use and Abuse/Addiction
Social Studies - Social Policies and Programs
Explore the family dynamic: Why does Rosie encourage her father to accept assistance from the government? Why is her father adamant about not seeking help? What do you think is the mother's stance? What role does alcohol play in this dynamic? The film was made in the 1960's; to what extent have attitudes changed with regard to men and women's traditional roles in the family, government assistance and alcoholism?