Film Review

Indian Horse

When Indian Horse opens on a Native family fleeing with white settlers in a canoe, you'd be excused for thinking this takes place several hundred years ago. After his brother dies and his parents leave to seek a Christian burial for their child, Saul Indian Horse and his grandmother struggle to survive the harsh Canadian winter. It's not until a '50s era Ford rolls into the frame that the actual time period becomes clear; this is taking place decades, not centuries, ago.

The shock of that moment is quickly followed by the shocking brutality of the priests and nuns of the boarding school where...

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