Savage Messiah (2002)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  26 April 2002 (Canada)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paula Jackson
Roch 'Moïse' Thériault
Isabelle Blais ...
Vern (as Justin Louis)
Isabelle Cyr ...
Julie La Rochelle ...
Elizabeth Robertson ...
Domini Blythe ...
John Dunn-Hill ...
Old man in farm
Kyra Azzopardi ...
Tony Robinow ...
Judge Bonnard
Claude Préfontaine ...
Marie-Claude's Father
Susan Glover ...
Rod's Wife
Grocery Store Owner / Clerk


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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26 April 2002 (Canada)  »

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Roch Thériault was found dead in his cell in Dorchester, New Brunswick, he was 63 years old (1947-2011). See more »

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Good Canadian Film
13 April 2003 | by (Vancouver, BC) – See all my reviews

Canadian films are often lambasted for being arty and full of weird sex. This has been perpetrated from the likes of Atom Egoyan films. Savage Messiah does not stray from this, but it walks the line in an honest way, that is very creepy. The cinematography looks like it was shot for nothing, as it most likely was. The performances, however, almost make you forget that sloppy camera work. Few films can really creep out my media-jaded generation, but this one certainly got through to me. I will not be able to forget it. This film makes up for a lot of Canadian films that have lacked the balls to really send a message. Good on ya.

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