Peter (Kastner), an eighteen-year-old who lives with his parents and sister in a middle-class Toronto suburban wasteland in the early 1960s, is a rebel without a cause or a clue. He argues with his parents, skips school, makes his girlfriend pregnant (she leaves him), and is exploited by a hostile adult world when he leaves home. He finally runs away with stolen money and a stolen car. The film’s mundane storyline is overcome by beautiful performances and the purity of its intentions. Originally slated as a half-hour docudrama on juvenile delinquency for the Unit B of the NFB, the film was shot as a feature and went on to win critical acclaim in New York, and subsequently in Canada, and remains a seminal if flawed film in the development of early English-Canadian cinema.
80 minutes - Drama
Release date: August 13, 1964