True Heart

Synopsis: A brother and sister are plane-wrecked in Canada, where they must rely on the help of a native and his bear.
Director(s): Catherine Cyran
Production: Orion Pictures
92 min

We have it as bad as you do.

Half the land in Washington is clear-cut.

Yeah. Between the logging

and the acid rain...

Dick says there's amazing wildlife up here.

Moose, elk, tons of grizzlies.

Big bear population in British Columbia.

Biggest in Canada, I think.

Friend of mine just bagged a grizzly.

Huge head.

People who hunt are disgusting.

People who marry people who hunt

are disgusting.

Would you give it a break?

Your stepfather's hardly a hunter, Bonnie.

And it's not the legal hunting

that's the problem.

It's the poachers.

Ask your Mom when we get

to the conference. She knows.

Come on, it's gonna be okay.

We can go horseback riding.

Maybe even kayaking.

You? In a kayak?

- What was that?

- A wind sheer. It's nothing.

See over here? This is the Tantalus Range.

Straight ahead is the Stolo Valley.

Right now, they're having a big fight...

...between the loggers

and the preservationists.

Sorry, folks.

We're catching some thermals

off the side of the mountains.

I'll try cutting to the west here.

Guess now's the time to apologize

for dragging you two off to Vancouver.

Wind out of the northeast.

Elevation 8,000.

Come on, girl.


We're almost there!

Just a little bit further.

Hold tight there, folks!

- All brace!

- My God!

Brace yourselves!


Help me!

Sam, please! Wake up!

Sam, wake up!

Quick. Come away from here.

There is much danger. Bad men in woods.

But my brother's in there.

Come, quick!

Come! Come, quick!

Lt's all right. It's okay.

We crashed.

I thought...

Who is this guy? What are we doing?

He's from the woods.

He said something about bad men.

What about Mr. Nelson? What about the...


What if he's crazy or something?

We can't just go follow him.

Someone will come.

Bonnie, I don't want to just

sit here and wait.

He'll probably just take us

to the nearest town.

- It's okay. Come on, let's go.

- Wait.

Mister, wait up!

Come, quick.

What is it?

Only skunk.

Play trick. Come.

Wait! Hold on! Please!

Can you tell us where we're going

and how long it'll take?

We go to Chook. Black Rock.

Foot of mountain where men cut trees.

But that'll take days.

- Isn't there anything any closer?

- Not to worry.

Tonight we sleep in Grandfather's cave.

My locket! Lt's gone!

Lt's a picture...

...of our father.

We don't even know your name. I'm Sam.

That's Bonnie.

I am Khonanesta. Come.


Thick Fur!

Wise One, you home?

Maybe we should go back to the plane.

Air control keeps a flight plan.

They'll send a rescue team.

But what about the bad men

he was talking about?

What bad men, Sam?

Who do you expect to find out here,

Jack the Ripper?

We sleep here tonight.

Grandfather not home.

We don't know what's out here,

and it seems he does.

Now, come on. It's like an adventure,

like The Island of Dr. Moreau.


Grandfather was here a few days.

Do you have a family?

You know, like a family?

Who is Grandfather,

and where does he live?

No family.

Tonight we sleep here.

When birds sing, we go Black Rock.

What's this?

Gift from moose.

- Who's that for?

- Grandfather.

Come on, move it!

Khonanesta. Come, quick.


What is it?

Quint, we found some tracks back there.

Never mind.

Just take what you got,

and let's get out of here.

Come on, move it!


Did you go back?

What happened? You're soaking wet.

Get clothes for sister.

Water cold. You change clothes.



I saw the men.

The ones he mentioned at the plane.

- They would've hurt me if he hadn't come.

- Who are these men?

Did they see you?

I don't know.

They might've heard me.

So, Khonanesta, who are these people?

Hunters. You call poachers.

Once was men honor bear.

Say to him:

"Thank you, brother, for speak with me.

"You come from Creator.

"Make men strong."

Now... kill bear, but not eat.

Take gall, head, paw...

...for sell, like these men you see.

Are you trying to stop them?

Long time...

...old Honey Paw come from Kodiak.

Men hunt him...

...but he more wise,

he who looks like man...

...stands and swims like man.

But bad men know

old wise one have strange sister.

Fur like winter grass.

She not smart.

She do what she wants, like this sister.

So they think, catch her...

...catch him.

They make traps on ground like stars.

Cover with rabbit for smell

until maybe she comes.

She comes.

We got him!

Let's go!

Where's the big guy?

Gotta be close.


I thought for sure we'd...

Where is he?

Don't kill her yet!

We'll do this the hard way. Make her sing.

Come on!

Come on, bear!

Damn it, Johnny!

Christ. All this for a lousy female.

Pack her up.

Let's get the hell out of here.

No, wait.

What is it?

- Is it him?

- Where is he?

Shut up!

He's here.

Where's he coming from?

I want you, you bastard!

Come out and fight!


Was it him?

Was it the Kodiak?

Lt was him.

He come from woods.

He spare all men but one.

From that one, he take arm.

Now he hunt Grandfather.

What are you singing?

Song for Grandfather.

He come from north to fight.

His paw great.

I throw dust on me.

I am bear.

My paw great.


We go now.


Do you really think a bear

would hide like that?

You know, like, planning it?

I don't know, but he does.

There's something else about him, though.

Something weird.

You're telling me.

"I throw dust on me, I'm a bear"?

- Maybe we should...

- I know what you're gonna say...

...but he's better than

those other guys, right?

And now that they know where we are...

Come! We go!

Get packed.

- Here you go.

- Don't forget.

Of course, if we could catch them,

could you imagine?

Lt'd be like exposing a crime ring.

Sam, it doesn't make sense.

If Khonanesta is so concerned,

why doesn't he just go to the authorities?

I mean, maybe he's part of it.

Why would he try saving you

if he was part of it?

Why would he be helping us at all?

I don't know.

To use us as bait for the bears?

- Please!

- I'm serious!

You're an idiot.

Hang on.


I just wanted to say

I'm sorry for last night.

Thank you for saving me.

You born same time.

Like bears, always two.

How'd you know? Most people can't tell.

You have much to learn.

- I keep telling her that.

- Moron.

Bear tracks.

Is it the Kodiak?

Is he here?

Only see Grandfather when he wants.

Can't we do anything to stop them?

No. Better you go Black Rock, go home.

I help the wise ones.

Our stepfather works for the Department...

No! No people.

People lie.

Lie to Grandfather, lie to me.

Only me protect. Me!

But what about Grandfather?

Maybe he'd like help.

What if something happens to you?

What if he attacks you?

True heart no need fear.

Once I meet Golden Feet,

I say to him, "I protect you."

Then we sing together.

Only bad man need fear.

You wait here.


So what do we do now, starve?

Where'd he go?

Do I look like I know more than you?

I'm hungry, too.

I'm feeling a little uncomfortable

about my place in the food chain.

We could take a swim!

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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