Cinema: Upstream in Toronto

Nobody Waved Good-Bye gives lively evidence of the creativity of the National Film Board of Canada, the government-sponsored agency that has won hundreds of international awards for adventurous shorts and cartoons on such diverse subjects as jazz, religion, tourism, sibling rivalry, Eskimo art, and even the life cycle of the small-mouthed bass. This film, N.F.B.'s first full-length feature to be distributed commercially across the U.S., is a winsome if wobbly essay on the plight of two affluent delinquents swimming against the stream of life in Toronto.

At first, the boy Peter (Peter Kastner)...

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