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Produced and directed by Chai Yuen
Genyuen Productions, 1991. VHS cassette, 51:00 min., $99.00. Distributed by International Tele-Film, 47 Densley Ave., Toronto, Ont. M6M5A8.

Grades 11 and up/Ages 16 and up

Reviewed by Christine Jacobs

Volume 20 Number 4
1992 September

In this drama two university students spend part of their vacation traveling together and learn more about themselves and other people. Simon (Simon Platt), visiting from England, and David (David Sinclair) meet at Niagara Falls and decide to travel the Bruce Trail together. In the process they meet old and new friends and adjust to different cultural backgrounds and peer expectations.

The young people in the film are of various ethnic and cultural origins. Sparks fly between unilingual David and bilingual Violette from Montreal. The essential theme is that tolerance, learning about other cultures, and trying to understand one another are important aspects of growing up.

At a second level the video works reasonably well as a travelog. The shots of Niagara and wilderness Ontario are beautiful and would tempt any student to a holiday "on the road." I do have some reservations about the level at which the video is aimed. It seems a bit too simplistic for post-secondary. On the other hand, some of the activities and attitudes portrayed, such as sharing a bottle of wine at a picnic, seem more appropriate to ages 17 and up.

Recommended as an optional purchase for high school collections on the basis of the themes treated.

Christine Jacobs is a freelance indexer in Montreal, Quebec, who for the past five years has indexed films and videos for Film/Video Canadiana.

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