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TOBY MCTEAGUE

Canada, 1986 (MIFF 1986, Children's - Programme 2)

Director: Jean-Claude Lord

Shot on location in northern Quebec, the film deals with the relationship between a widower and his teenage son. Their lives in the tiny community of Silver Creek are dominated by "mushing" or dog sled racing. Toby (Yannick Bisson) is alternately awkward and recklessly self-confident as he strives to win the Provincial Championship and tackles the difficulties of awakening maturity.

The arrival of a new teacher in the town alters the relationships of its inhabitants and in the course of the film. Toby s relationship with Sara, a teenage girl played with delicacy and conviction by Stephanie Morgernstern, is subtley outlined.

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