The story of a young woman's miraculous escape from her dangerous father and her backwoods family is combined with elegant choreography in this avant-garde Canadian film. The woman in question, played by Geneviève Rochette, gets involved in a secret affair with a neighborhood lad and gets pregnant. When the father finds out, he is so angry that he tells her brothers to put her into a coffinlike wooden box and set her adrift in the river. They do so, but our heroine is never alone. She is visited by the ghost of her dead sister and several other friendly spirits who dance for her and tell her everything will be okay. Meanwhile, a great flood comes, wiping out absolutely everybody else in the village. She comes ashore in an ancient village and is helped to deliver her baby by the spirits and a mysterious old woman.
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