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This short film is a portrait of Nora Fenton, a 15-year-old girl who is sent to a home for problem teens because of her persistent defiance of parental authority and self-injurious behavior. Typifying the problems of emotional adjustment experienced by many adolescents, this story of conflict and rebellion shows how understanding, affection and firm parental guidance are the factors most needed in helping teens weather their most turbulent years.

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Borderline, Fergus McDonell, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Fergus McDonell
  • producer
    Grant McLean
  • script
    Charles E. Israel
  • photography
    Eugene Boyko
  • sound
    Frank Orban
  • editing
    Dennis Sawyer
  • cast
    Norman Ettlinger
    William Fruete

  • Biff Harrelson

    Definitely one of my favorite films on this site. Very well done and you learn something. I learned that being a lifetime bachelor wasn't so bad after all. If I had a kid like Nora I'd a wound up in a mental facility.

    Biff Harrelson, 7 May 2020

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