I seem to be the first one submitting a review of COLD JOURNEY. This strikes me as odd since it did have a VHS release back in the day, and I recently watched the tape of it. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada with a cast of mostly amateur actors, the film is a character study of "Buckley", an aimless 15 year-old Cree Indian who is torn between two worlds---the ways he is learning at the white man's school, and the simple ways of his tribe, who are starting to reject him because he is becoming "too white". The only professional actor in the film is Chief Dan George, in a cameo as "Uncle John", another variation of the old sage character he played far too often. Perhaps he was hired for name value to help secure financing for this film. COLD JOURNEY is interesting, but very slow moving. It seems to be aimed at Cree audiences---others may be less interested. It is a worthwhile effort, and I recommend it to those who find the subject matter interesting.
A feature drama about a young Canadian Indian's attempt to find a place for himself. It tells of the cultural shock of an educational system that teaches him to be a white man, and of his ...
October 11, 2020