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Martha travels west with her father and her two younger siblings in search of a better life. They are part of a larger caravan supposed to help each other out, but the trials and conflicts among the society are many. Martha's mother has died along the way, and when her father is injured in an accident, Martha needs to step up. Although she is badly needed, the rest of the party dislikes that she wants to learn "men's tasks", dresses in trousers and cuts off her hair.

One day, the soldier Samson shows up and travels some distance with the caravan entourage, before he suddenly disappears with valuable items stolen from them. Martha is accused of helping Samson, and escapes on her father's horse to find him and retrieve the stolen goods. She embarks on a long and rough journey, where she encounters both fur hunters and gold diggers as well as wild animals and hazardous nature.

Calamity… is an epic and colourful coming-of-age story from 19th Century America, loosely inspired by the legendary life of Calamity Jane (1852–1901) who lived as a frontierswoman and sharpshooter in the Wild West.

Andrea Regine Meyer


Rémi Chayé (b. 1968) is a French director of animation film. Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary is his second feature film. For his debut, Long Way North (2015), Chayé won several awards, and Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary has already won the Crystal Award for Best Feature Film at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

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Original title Calamity, une enfance de Martha Jane Cannary

Country France, Denmark

Year 2020

Director Rémi Chayé

Screenplay Rémi Chayé, Sandra Tosello, Fabrice de Costil

Producer Claus Toksvig Kjær, Claire La Combe, Henri Magalon

Cast Luna Flandorfer, Jesper Leporanta, Tobias Santelmann, Laila Goody

Distribution Arthaus

Runtime 1h 51m

Language Norwegian

Subtitles Norwegian

Genre Animation

Age limit 6

Links IMDb

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