Latitude 55°

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This article is about the motion picture. For geographic lines of latitude, see 55th parallel.
Latitude 55°
Directed by John Juliani
Produced by Donna Wong-Juliani
Harold Lee Tichenor
Written by John Juliani
Sharon Riis
Starring Andrée Pelletier
August Schellenberg
Music by Victor Davies
Cinematography Robert Ennis
Edited by Doris Dyck
Barbara Evans
Distributed by International Spectrafilm
Release date
November 26, 1982
Running time
102 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
Budget $ 800,000

Latitude 55° is a 1982 Canadian drama/adventure film.


Wanda Woodsworth (Andrée Pelletier), a field worker for the Department of Culture, is on her way home to the city after a winter assignment in the northern part of Alberta. Her car breaks down on the deserted highway and as the weather worsens she finds herself stranded in the middle of a blizzard. Her initial calm gives way to anxiety and eventually to panic as she desperately tries to stay awake and alive. At the height of the blizzard, Wanda is rescued by a local potato farmer, Joseph Przysiezny (August Schellenberg), who carries her to a dilapidated shack nearby. For two days and two nights, while waiting for the blizzard to pass, two people stalk each other restlessly, inexorably, with humour and passion, in a painfully revealing series of confrontations that runs the gamut from mistrust and terror to physical intimacy and almost religious ecstasy.


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