Don OwenCanada80 minutes1964B&WEnglish
Don Owen's semi-improvised portrait of youthful discontent is one of the key English Canadian features of the early '60s.
Originally intended as a short NFB docudrama about juvenile delinquency, Don Owen's semi-improvised portrait of youthful discontent is one of the key English Canadian features of the early '60s, the first to successfully combine documentary techniques with fiction. The film's (anti-?)hero Peter (Peter Kastner) is a high school senior from Etobicoke who is perennially at odds with his parents and their bourgeois plans for his future. When he goes on a joyride in the showroom car brought home by his father, his parents report the vehicle stolen and have Peter arrested; hotheaded and indignant, he leaves home in the company of his girlfriend Julie (Julie Biggs), but soon finds that life on his own isn't all that he imagined. Painting a bleak picture of the culturally oppressive atmosphere of 1960s Toronto, Nobody Waved Good-bye received highly mixed reviews upon its initial domestic release; discovered and acclaimed at the New York Film Festival, it subsequently returned home to a much warmer response.