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The Necessities of Life (2008)
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The Necessities of Life (2008)
Original name: Ce qu'il faut pour vivre
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In 1952, an Inuit hunter named Tivii with tuberculosis leaves his northern home and family to go recuperate at a sanatorium in Quebec City. Uprooted, far from his loved ones, unable to speak French and faced with a completely alien world, he becomes despondent. When he refuses to eat and expresses a wish to die, his nurse, Carole, comes to the realization that Tivii's illness is not the most serious threat to his well-being. She arranges to have a young orphan, Kaki, transferred to the institution. The boy is also sick, but has experience with both worlds and speaks both languages. By sharing his culture with Kaki and opening it up to others, Tivii rediscovers his pride and energy. Ultimately he also rediscovers hope through a plan to adopt Kaki, bring him home and make him part of his family
Style: sincere, serious, captivating, realistic, inter cultural
Plot: isolation, tuberculosis, hospital, friendship, friends, human spirit, hopes, family relations, family life, against the rules, doctors and patients, disease, wilderness, illness, sanitarium, sickness, inuit, idealism, culture clash, husky dog, death, nun, boat, priest, goose ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: canada

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Before Tomorrow (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
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Duration: 106 min.
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The Moon Child (2011)
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Duration: 110 min.
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Duration: 96 min.
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Touching Wild Horses (2002)
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Duration: 91 min.
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Profoundly Normal (2003)
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Duration: 96 min.
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Duration: 97 min.
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