Canadian films suck. Whether or not you believe that sentiment, it sure seems to be an opinion that’s floated around a lot. When was the last time your local cineplex had a showing for a Canadian film? Ever? The trouble, however, is that there are great Canadian films made every year—we just don’t hear much about them. This week, I recommend one of my favourite Canadian films, Polytechnique.
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So, without further adieu, I give you:
Polytechnique and the Montreal Massacre
Polytechnique is a 2009 French Canadian film directed by Denis Villeneuve, and filmed in both English and in French. It dramatizes the true events that occurred at Montreal’s Polytechnique School on December 6, 1989—the day of the Montreal Massacre.
The film follows two students, Valerie and Jean-Francois, whose lives are forever changed when a gunman enters the school and opens fire on the unsuspecting student body. The gunman has only one objective: to kill as many women as possible.
Out of respect for the fourteen women who lost their lives and the many others who were affected by the tragedy, all of the characters in Polytechnique are fictional.
View the trailer below:
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