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The Recommendations (2005)

A fictional documentary about Montreal's literary community and a strange and brutal series of events that shakes it to its very core.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Wilkie ...
Ken Talbot
Louis Rastelli ...
Morris Stahl
Lorna Wright ...
Carla Buckner
Raf Katigbak ...
Tony Villar
Philip Swan
Thea Metcalfe ...
Eleanor Bishop-Swan
Mark Slutsky ...
Gordon Gary Ross
Rivka Levy
Sarah Musgrave ...
Deborah Beach
Susan St. Sarandon (as Vanessa Johnson)
Nicolas Jules Robinson ...
Gabor Rainer (as Nick Robinson)
Jenna Wright ...
Sheri Keane
Chad Jones ...
Daryl Sofa
Glen Klaus
Laura Wills ...


When Philip Swan's debut novel Susannah's Wake is published it immediately establishes him as a major literary talent. The book defines a generation, and touches many hearts... but what many don't know is that Susannah's Wake is a novel plagued by accusations of plagiarism. The man behind these claims: a struggling author named Gordon Gary Ross. Ross' obsession with Swan triggers a whirlwind of revenge, blackmail and violence thatnearly brings Montreal's literary community to its knees, and ultimately leads to a shocking and brutal act of violence. Written by Anonymous

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A New Comedy About Violence and Literature







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2 February 2005 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Recommendations... A Revelation.
30 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

I recall with great fondness my first screening of the now legendary The Recommendations, at Sala Rosa in Montreal, 2004. Blissfully tipsy, and accompanied by a friend who'd recently moved to the city (on the heels of my own journey there a couple of months prior), I watched in awe as Auto Vaud and co. weaved a tapestry of astonishing brilliance, moral clarity, and most of all, humanity. The humanity of this picture, this masterwork, set it apart from the more pathologically inclined Gesamtkunstwerk we've all been subjected to in the past century or so.

I could go on, I should go on, but let's say that this mockumentary parallels, with admirable aplomb, the ouevre of Christopher Guest et al, while not parroting it.

I could go on, and I will, but I feel I should be the first to step up and RECOMMEND the film... Har har.

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