“Northern Daughter is a backwoods drama with music, humour and grit.”
Should you see it?
Northern Daughter is a coming-of-age story, mostly. It tells of a young woman’s upbringing in the Canadian bush.
The show has quite a few interesting anecdotes about life in the wilderness of the Canadian North. Things like taking the canoe to visit your neighbours, to handling a home invasion from a black bear. There’s everything in the mix from funny to horrifying.
These are the parts of the show that work best and are super interesting. It’s so far removed from most of our usual experience that this is the stuff we can’t get enough of.
The show does a lag a bit in the areas around those anecdotes, mostly around the framing device of an adult Josephine returning to the bush after a vow never to do so. It slows the pace down and keeps you waiting for the show to get back to the good stuff.
As is, Northern Daughter’s an interesting show, especially if you’re into stories from other cultures – yes, the Canadian North applies. But with a bit of tightening and honing in on the narrative, adding more stories from the north, and this is a show I’d be happy to see again.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think? Were you enamoured with the stories of Northern Life? Join the discussion in the comments below.