In this feature film, an engineer from Paris flies to Montreal (on Air Canada Flight YUL 871), partly on business, partly in search of parents displaced by World War II, and partly because of the prevailing restlessness of the age. He achieves little that is conclusive, but in the short time between his arrival and departure he has a love affair, enjoys a flight over Montreal and the Expo pavillions, and is adopted by a little girl.
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Ages 17 to 17
Family Studies/Home Economics - Relationships
Geography - Territory: Urban
History and Citizenship Education - Issues in Society Today
History and Citizenship Education - Modernization of Quebec Society (1929-1980)
This film can be shown as part of an activity on Montreal and how society’s customs and habits have changed. Start by asking the students to describe and comment on the following aspects: city, family, restlessness. Then ask them to choose a more recent cinematic or literary work set in Montreal, and assess the scope of the change in customs. Does the new work contain the same sort of restlessness and wandering?