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Savage Messiah (2002)

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Based on real-life events in Canada in the late 1980's, social worker Paula Jackson investigated a commune run by a messiah-like figure who referred to himself as Moses. Jackson's findings ... See full summary »

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Paula Jackson
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Roch 'Moïse' Thériault
Isabelle Blais ...
Lise
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Vern (as Justin Louis)
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Domini Blythe ...
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Kyra Azzopardi ...
Alinne
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Judge Bonnard
Claude Préfontaine ...
Marie-Claude's Father
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Based on real-life events in Canada in the late 1980's, social worker Paula Jackson investigated a commune run by a messiah-like figure who referred to himself as Moses. Jackson's findings uncovered disturbing mental and physical abuses of this cult's members by its maniacal leader. Soon, Jackson found herself fighting to save Moses's followers. Written by Anonymous

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He promised them...Love, Healing, SALVATION See more »

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Rated R for violence, disturbing images, sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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26 April 2002 (Canada)  »

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Powerful Wolf in TV Movie Clothes
28 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gripping, if flawed, version of the events surrounding Rock Theriault's commune/sect in 1980s Quebec.

Mario Azzopardi's TV training (Stargate, Outer Limits) is weirdly effective in that the look of the film – all 'movie of the week' clichés (flat lighting, static camera) – makes the coarse language and violence all the more jarring and effective.

And if Polly Walker (Patriot Games) does little to dispel this atmosphere, the performances of Isabelle Blais (The Barbarian Invasions) and (in particular) Luc Picard as Theriault go along way to dignifying an otherwise standard and manipulative affair.


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