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Octobre (1994)

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A dramatization of the infamous Canadian terrorist abduction & murder of a government minister by a cell of The Quebec Liberation Front.

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Hugo Dubé ...
Le Gros
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Felquiste
Pierre Rivard ...
Felquiste
Denis Trudel ...
Felquiste
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Julie Castonguay ...
Louise
Raymond Leriche ...
Marcel
Gilles Marsolais ...
Henri
Denise Gagnon ...
Waitress
Richard Barrette ...
Client
Yves Trudel ...
Ti-Casse
Yvel Champagne ...
Femme d'Henri
Jules Falardeau ...
Jules
Jean Falardeau ...
Livreur B.B.Q.
Hélène Falardeau ...
La petite Hélene
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In October 1970, one group from the Front de Liberation du Quebec kidnapped the British Consul in Montreal. Few days later, a second group did the same with one of the Minister of the Quebec Government. If the first was released, the second was murdered. This is the story of the second group from the stand point of the political kidnappers. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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30 September 1994 (Canada)  »

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CAD 416,810 (Canada)
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Octobre missed the point: it needs to be redone
26 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Octobre - I have vivid memories of this sad time. I hoped this would be a film with a message for history. I didn't see it.

The idea that characters in this film tried to break out of their role in some human fashion is a mystery to me. The results of real-life October 1970 was not as complex as this film claims: The FLQ kidnapped and murdered a politician. That is not human - it is inhuman.

Another idea in this film is that the terrorists were simply working class people who got fed up with oppression and tried to wake up a nation. Once again the truth I remember in 1970 wasn't that complex. By kidnapping and murdering they became the oppressors they hated. Kafka was right - the rebel who kills the oppressor eventually becomes the oppressor.

Saddest of all for me is the film's implicit message that the FLQ terrorists were somehow faced with a dichotomy: to remain oppressed or to kill their kidnap victim for recognition.

How different is that from Islamic terrorists flying planes into buildings and others who think that they too are oppressed and unrecognized? I hope someone will someday make another film about this sad chapter in Quebec/Canadian history. And I hope that film will portray a vivid lesson that I learned living through that awful time: Murder and violence is an affront to humanity and will never build a civil or livable country! THAT is the only lasting message I remember from the October Crisis.


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