In 1968, Canada saw the election of a Prime Minister unlike any other in its history, Pierre Elliot Trudeau. Handsome, witty, idealistic, flamboyant, courageous and debonair Trudeau rides on an unheard of crest of popularity nicknamed "Trudeaumania" that sweeps him into the highest political office in the country. At the same time, he develops a passionate romance with a young Margaret Sinclair that soon leads to marriage. However, events would put both Pierre's political and personal life under the gun as he must struggle with traumatic events like the terrorist crisis that grips Quebec in October 1970 which forces him to declare temporary martial law being but the first of the major challenges. At the same time, the demands of being a Prime Minister's wife takes its own toll on Margaret as her relationship with Pierre begins to disintergrate. Eventually, both pressures do their harm as the couple divorces and Pierre's political standing falls even as his Quebec Seperatist foes rise ... Written by
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Each hour of this four-hour mini-series was patterned after the style of a different, famous director. For example, the first hour was done in the style of 'Lester, Richard', who directed, among other things, the two Beatles movies A Hard Day's Night (1964) and Help! (1965) Ciccoritti felt this style would help convey Trudeaumania, which swept Canada during Trudeau's first election campaign. See more »
Very good movie done in a very interesting concept. It's a visual treat. The way the director uses the camera, the split-screen, files from the archives, is just great. The acting too is good. Colm Feore is absolutely fantastic in the lead role. Man, he's got it! I think Polly Shannon also gave a good performance as Margaret. The rest of the cast to their job very well.
When watching "Trudeau", try to not think of it as a documentary. Because this is not one. It's a fiction, based on real facts, with add-on material.
I think it's a first for Canadian cinema. "Trudeau" is a movie that really surprised me.
But I must admit that I prefer the first part of the movie. The second one was a little bit too much on the political side of his life.
Out of 100, I gave "Trudeau" 82. That's good for *** on a **** stars rating system.
Seen at home, in Toronto, on March 31st and April 1st, 2002.
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