This sumptuous film reveals much about the St. Lawrence. Not only its history but also the countless treasures it harbours and the people who have garnered a living along its shores and who continue to do so. Above all, THE MIGHTY RIVER is a love song written as a tribute to a gentle giant whose power and glory we ought not take for granted. A love song entwined in a magical world of colours! Never have Back's colours been conveyed so rapturously. And never have they been so eloquent. Arrayed in boundless blue, in purple, in pink, and in the red of suffering whales, this is not only the story of the
St. Lawrence. It is the story of the rivers of the world. Nay, the story of life itself. Life that unfolds ever so precariously, struggles and then blossoms. The story of life, which pulsates and then withers under the savagery of an ungrateful and reckless mankind.
In weaving this extraordinary story, Back draws on the fabulous images and colours that only the St. Lawrence could inspire. Therein lies one of the film's major strengths. And it is no doubt one of the reasons why, despite the hardships described throughout the film, THE MIGHTY RIVER is able to cast a spell that continues to charm viewers long after they have seen it.
It is as if our eyes, now twinkling, never wish to be dimmed again.
Host: Donald Sutherland
Producer: Frédéric Back1993
Length: 24 min.Colour