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The Way It Is ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB525413
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Diane Beaudry, Kathleen Shannon, Robert Verrall
Directors:  Beverly Shaffer
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Early Childhood Education, Family Studies/Home Economics, Fiction
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1982
Running Time:  24m 13s

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This sensitive drama examines the effects of divorce on a family, particularly on a twelve-year-old girl. Although Helen Murray's parents were divorced two years ago, Helen still hopes for a reconciliation. When a visit from her father is cancelled, an emotionally charged confrontation with her mother takes place. Helen admits her anguish over the divorce and realizes that she must learn to accept the situation. An excellent film for both children and adults on the themes of family communications and coping positively with family break-up, The Way It Is can be used for discussion in family-life courses and single-parent groups, and for individual and couples counselling.

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