“True North” Is A Timely And Relevant In Its Depiction Of Some Of The Dangers And Hardships Experienced By Desperate Immigrants


March 13, 2017 —  The crew of the Scottish trawler Providence has been having a run of bad luck. 

The skipper (Gary Lewis) has recently returned from an unsuccessful fishing run. He plans to give control of his ship to his son, first mate Sean (Martin Compson), who wants to take it over but hopes to clear its debts first.

At the advice of Riley, one of his deckhands, he secures a lucrative deal to smuggle Chinese immigrants in the hold on his return to port. Knowing his father would never approve, he and Riley keep the new “cargo” hidden.

Riley, who is taking care of the immigrants, doesn’t notice that one of them, a 12-year old named Su Li, has sneaked out, unwilling to stay in the hold. She steals some food from the galley — although she insists on paying for it with Chinese money.

However, the skipper decides to take a long route back, unaware of his human cargo. Conditions inevitably deteriorate, prompting unfortunate choices and bad results.

Once the decision is made to treat the immigrants as less than people, a man’s moral underpinnings have broken down.

Timely, significant and emotionally disturbing, True North is beautifully shot and acted.

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