96 minutes – Drama, Canadian History
Release date: December 6, 2019
Production companies: Industry Pictures, Karma Film
Canadian distributor: levelFILM
Brotherhood is the retelling of a true story set in 1926. Eleven teenaged boys arrive at a summer camp on Balsam Lake in the Kawartha Lakes area of Ontario. The movie focuses on the lives of some of the characters before the camping trip. George Waller (Jake Manley) had an abusive father; Arthur Lambden, (Brendan Fletcher) had survived the front lines in World War I only to return home as a carrier of the Spanish flu virus that killed his own wife and child; two brothers, Will (Sam Ashe Arnold) and Jack (Gage Munroe), lost their father during World War One; and Leonard (Matthew Isen) whose father had drowned years before and who now had a fear of open water. Hoping Long Point Camp will be the adventure of their lives, they set off on a canoe trip late in the evening. A squall comes up and their 30-foot war canoe is capsized. Some drown immediately and those that survived spend the night in the frigid, dark lake waters clinging to the overturned canoe that is slowly sinking. The film flashes between scenes of the survivors struggling to ward off the freezing cold and fighting fatigue and their fears, with flashbacks to lively, happy camp scenes from earlier in the evening, the kind of thing camp councillors hope form a bond between the boys creating the brotherhood of the film’s title.