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Whoever Dies, Dies in Pain (1998)

Quiconque meurt, meurt à douleur (original title)
A botched police raid on a crack house turns into a 36 hour long siege in which the junkies share their perspective to the cameraman of a reality program.

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The police force decides to raid a crack house in the Hochelaga/Maisonneuve district of Montreal. A SWAT team enters the premises followed by a cameraman filming for a reality TV show about police officers; they're confident that this is a routine operation and all the suspects will be arrested without trouble. To their surprise the junkies are equally as armed as they are and a shoot-out ensues. In the mayhem the police are forced to retreat quickly but the cameraman and two officers, one seriously wounded, are left behind and taken hostage. Back-up arrives, the building is completely surrounded and snipers are put into place. Negotiations are attempted in vain for the release of the hostages. During the next 36 hours, supplies for the junkies run low and pressure runs high. During that time they force the cameraman to record their version of things. Written by pr1mal_1

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12 September 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

After reading the comments on this film, I came to the conclusion that it is hard to get the point. Since I just had a class interview with Robert Morin, I'm able to give some specifications...

First of all, the actors are not really actors. They're real ex-junkies who accepted to give some of they're time to an incredible independent filmmaker. The script was written to give the (actors) a chance to improvise. In fact, most of the dialogs are the junkie's real opinions on life and society. Morin gave them specifications on what subject they would have to talk about but he wasn't really giving them written dialogs. The director had already experienced this kind of work in the movie La Réception. The characters in this movie are actually real ex-prisoners.

Morin always mix up reality and fiction in his (home-video) movies. Has for the amazing camera work, brilliantly handled by Jean-Pierre St-Louis, it helps Morin carry the spectators into a deeply disturbing reality. Even if it can seem a little (sketchy) for some people, this camera work is the work a genius.

In this piece of art, Morin successfully tried to expose the mind of junkies. This film is more than a movie, it's an experience into the underground world of real misery, pain and dependence...

Winner of the 1998 AQCC Prize for Best Film, this movie deserves respect and admiration. The originality of Morin's art is totally incredible. But warning : Not recommended to the easily offended... In fact, if you have ever been chocked by any movie, don't watch any film from Morin's filmography.


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