Today I read Maria Chapdelaine, the classic French-Canadian novel by Louis Hemon. This evening I watched Julian Duvivier's 1934 screen adaptation of it, with Jean Gabin and Madeleine Renaud. It's one remarkable film, folks.
Maria Chapdelaine grows up on a farm in rural Quebec at the beginning of the twentieth century. Life there is extraordinarily hard. The winters are cold and harsh, and survival depends on everyone's ability to work nonstop from sunup to sundown every single day.