“And, in all their learning, not even one word about their own environment?”
During the Depression, Max (Bud Cort) accepts a job teaching at a one-room schoolhouse in Saskatchewan, and struggles with loneliness and frustration.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Bud Cort Films
- Canadian Films
- Character Arc
- Depression Era
- Samantha Eggar Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this “agreeable, unpretentious” Canadian sleeper “achieves realism by not allowing there to be a solution to any of the problems Cort encounters.” It’s difficult watching Max struggle for acceptance from the town’s impoverished citizens while simultaneously dealing with the bitterly cold prairie winter, unruly students, and lack of pay.
But Cort — always an outsider! — brings an inimitable sense of humor and spirit to his role, and makes the film ultimately about Max’s personal growth and maturation more than anything else.
- Bud Cort in yet another “outsider” role
- Samantha Eggar as the desperately lonely housewife who Max develops a crush on
No, but it will be of interest to both fans of Bud Cort and those who enjoy films about teachers.