A tragic yet poignant film on the Montreal Massacre. Perhaps one of the saddest films I have ever seen.
This ia a 2009 Canadian film from Quebec directed by Denis Villeneuve.
Set in Montreal, Quebec and based on the École Polytechnique massacre, it documents the events of December 6, 1989, through the eyes of two students who witness a gunman murder fourteen young women.
The film makes no judgments, offers no panaceas while faithfully recreating the historical events with a cool perspective on the massacre.
You would have to read between the frames as the film moves back and forth through time.
It is a heart-wrenching yet thought-provoking docu-drama.
This is a short but powerful film, and fortunately it did not feel exploitative. I appreciated the vision in setting the atmosphere for why this horror happened. Not only do you hear the rantings of an "anti-social" woman-hater, but you get a feel for the systematic misogyny that existed at that time even from the good guys (e.g. the professor who made the remark about women mechanical engineers and children). Very moving performances.
I couldn't watch it at all - the opening scene was too much for me.
I recommend skipping the film and instead watching the special features. The interviews, actual footage and photos are so much more important than a fictionalized movie about the same events.
Incredibly Powerful !!!
The dramatic happening in December 1989 at the engineering school Polytechnique de Montreal shown the ugly fact of sexist thinking still exists in this modern day of civilization, in Canadạ This tragedy has shaken the Quebec and Canada societies. This movie have presented the terrible acts of murdering innocent girls due to jalousie of one man who cannot accept the merit in the future social status of hardworking students. They are smart females and as such they were his target. This movie had missed its chance to put more emphasis on the fear, the anguish, the pain of the victims. Near the end, instead of accentuate the sadness of this story, its scenes about main actors had diluted it. Quite unfortunate!
Cette copie du film est défectueuse et nous n'avons pas pu le voir.
Good - Polytechnique (2009) 77 min. Filmed in black & white, Polytechnique tells the real-life story of Marc Lepine’s psychotic rampage through the classrooms of the University of Montreal targeting women because of his ire with feminists. I never thought someone would actually re-enact this heinous event in Canadian history but now that it’s done, it does add some understanding of who Marc Lepine was and the events that took place at that particular school [note – Lepine’s name is never mentioned in the film]. I couldn’t help but wonder how the parents of these women must've felt like watching this film [which apparently they did and approved the final cut]. The film is disturbing in terms of mood set by the director and the eventual horror we, as the viewer, know will take place shortly. I had hoped that the film would’ve delved deeper into the aftermath of the shootings with respect to how the survivor’s felt and how they got on with their lives - this aspect was only briefly touched upon.
This is a very well-done film. Clearly a successful attempt at Cinema Verite. I liked that the English version was actually filmed with English dialogue and not done in French with English subtitles. That kept me from being distracted from the action itself because I wasn't forced to watch the bottom of the screen for a translation.
That the character's names were changed was unimportant as it was the randomness of the violence against the women that struck a cord with so many to begin with. To this shooter, these women were selected for their gender only and not over any personal vendetta with any one of them. I think it comes across very well.
I highly recommend this film to anyone who is not familiar with the Polytechnique massacre. It will open your eyes to the kind of world we unfortunately now live in.
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