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Jesuit missionary Father [=LaForgue=] is anxious to evangelize the indigenous peoples of 17th century interior Canada. He sets out from Quebec with the guidance of Chomina, an experienced Algonquin traveler, Chomina's family, several other natives and the non-Jesuit carpenter, Daniel. [=LaForgue=] struggles with his deeply-held religious convictions as he encounters a vast, alien landscape; meets various hostile natives and confronts cultural attitudes he fails to understand.

''Black Robe'' is a 1985 novel by Brian Moore. Moore also wrote the screenplay for the 1991 film of the same name.

This article mainly deals with the film.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Subverted. Daniel thinks this of the Iroquois. Chomina points out that that's just how life is there.
* AnnoyingArrows: Averted in cringe-inducing detail.
* BigLittleMan: Father [=LaForgue=] is harangued by the shaman Mestigoit, who is filmed close to the camera -- it's only when he comes face-to-face with [=LaForgue=] (who is sitting down) that we realise how short he is.
* BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins: The clothing of the natives and colonists is quite accurate.
* ClothingDamage: [=LaForgue=] and Daniel's clothes gradually get dirtied and torn. [=LaForgue=] tears up part of his robe to make a bandage for Chomina and Daniel is wearing buckskins almost exclusively by the end.
* CultureClash
* DiesWideOpen: Lots of people
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: As usual, quite prophetic. Chomina wishes he had acted upon them much sooner.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The natives call the missionaries black robes due to their clothing. Once he leaves the colonial settlement [=LaForgue=] is almost exclusively referred to as "Black Robe". Daniel even calls him that once.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Through the above-mentioned dreams.
* FakeNationality: Many of the native characters, major, secondary and extras, were played by non-native actors.
* {{Fingore}}: All over the place
* GoingNative: Daniel seems to be going down this road but after the horrific encounter with the Iroquois Chomina asks him:
--> You want to be like us? What do you think now?
** Of course, at the end, he does go off with Annuka. And that's where the Metis come from.
* IGaveMyWord: Several of Chomina's companions want to abandon or kill [=LaForgue=] and Daniel, but Chomina promised Champlain they'd be protected.
* IndianMaiden: Kind of. Annuka is TheChiefsDaughter who falls in love with a white man. However, she very much averts the DamselInDistress stereotype and is much more hot-headed and impatient than her father.
* InjunCountry: Played more realistically, without the usual cliches.
* MightyWhitey: Averted, with [=LaForgue=] realizing in the film's final scene that, if he wants to convert the Huron to Christianity, he needs to treat them like equals and not the superstitious children they're often treated as.
* TheMissionary
* NobleSavage: Subverted.
* NotSoDifferent: On a cultural level. Moore compares the superstition of the natives with the Catholic beliefs of the missionaries. In the film Daniel suggests this point to [=LaForgue=]. Visual juxtaposition to this effect is all over the place.
* TheQuest: Reaching the Huron mission.
* SceneryPorn: Wow, Canada.
* ShootTheShaggyDog
* SpiritualAntithesis: To the NobleSavage romanticism of ''DancesWithWolves''
* TranslationConvention: Played straight for French, which is mostly rendered in English (mostly by native French-speakers, too, interestingly enough). Averted for the indigenous languages.
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