For Immediate Release
September 27, 2001

Val Dowbiggin
Development Officer
Peel Heritage Complex
905-791-4055, Ext. 2104

Film Circuit Brampton Continues with The Widow of St. Pierre

(Brampton) - Peel Heritage Complex, in partnership with the Toronto Film Festival, continues to present the movies of the Film Circuit Brampton. La Veuve De Saint-Pierre (The Widow of St. Pierre) will be shown on Thursday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m., at the Famous Players Silver City, Trinity Common Mall, Hwy. 410 and Bovaird Drive in Brampton.

La Veuve De Saint-Pierre is an ominously beautiful, fable-like narrative that resonates in the rich tradition of sophisticated literary romance. Set on a remote French island off the coast of Newfoundland in the mid-nineteenth century, the community of Saint-Pierre is thrown into turmoil when an alcoholic sailor stabs a man to death in a drunken brawl and is sentenced to death by guillotine.

The sentence cannot be immediately carried out as Saint-Pierre has neither a guillotine nor an executioner. The French government agrees to send them a second-hand guillotine. In the meantime, Auguste is placed in the custody of the Captain of the garrison, a cultivated fatalistic soldier who is utterly devoted to his beautiful wife, Madame La. A compassionate idealist prone to romantic impulses, Madame La devotes herself to Auguste's rehabilitation and, under her supervision, Auguste begins to ingratiate himself to the citizens of Saint-Pierre by doing useful odd jobs around town while he humbly awaits his execution.

To the dismay of the local authorities, by the time the guillotine arrives from France, Auguste has become the most popular man in the colony and the community is dead set against carrying out his sentence.

Tickets to see La Veuve De Saint-Pierre are $5 for the members of the Peel Heritage Complex and $7.50 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Peel Heritage Complex by calling 905-791-4055, Ext. 2150, or are available at the theatre after 7:00 p.m. on the evening of the show.

Other films for the Circuit's fall season include:

All proceeds from the Film Circuit Brampton go to support educational programs for Peel children and their families. The Peel Heritage Complex acknowledges the following community sponsors who helped make this project possible:

The Peel Heritage Complex is made up of the Region of Peel Museum, the Art Gallery of Peel and Region of Peel Archives. Together they collect, preserve and display a wide variety of materials related to Peel's heritage.

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