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Polytechnique (2009)

 -  Crime | Drama | History  -  1 April 2014 (USA)
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A dramatization of the Montreal Massacre of 1989 where several female engineering students were murdered by an unstable misogynist.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maxim Gaudette ...
The Killer
Sébastien Huberdeau ...
Jean-François
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Valérie
...
Jean-François (voice)
...
Stéphanie
Johanne-Marie Tremblay ...
Jean-François' Mother
Natalie Hamel-Roy ...
Jean-François' Mother (voice) (as Nathalie Hamel-Roy)
Pierre-Yves Cardinal ...
Éric
Pierre Leblanc ...
Mr. Martineau
Francesca Barcenas ...
Injured Student at Copier
...
Student with the Ear Injury
Mathieu Ledoux ...
Injured Student
Adam Kosh ...
Killer's Roommate
Larissa Corriveau ...
Killer's Neighboor
Manon Lapointe ...
Killer's Mother
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On December 6, 1989, a lone gunman walked into Montréal's École Polytechnique, a post-secondary institution focusing primarily in engineering, and began a shooting massacre. This event and its aftermath are shown from the perspective of three people. The first is the shooter himself, who blamed the problems in his life on who he considered feminists, such as female engineering students, who were his primary targets. This event was the culmination of a seven year plan, which had a self-defined end. The second is female mechanical engineering student Valérie, who earlier that day had an interview for her dream internship, working on an aerospace project. The interview process itself was a disturbing one for her in the stereotypical view by the male interviewer, who did not believe that females could work in the business and still have aspirations to have a family. And the third is Jean-François, Valérie's friend and fellow mechanical engineering student, who was one of the few who did ... Written by Huggo

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Valérie: If I have a boy, I'll teach him how to love. If I have a girl, I'll tell her the world is hers.
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Unconventinal and grim storytelling with lots of film references
18 October 2013 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

This Canadian movie is really some different approach on a school massacre movie, made by someone who obviously had a lot to say. It's shockingly grim and brutal, yet made with artful eyes and a close look to details, made by a future film genius.

We're immediately drawn into the story, which tells about the horrific shootings at the technical high school in French speaking Montreal in Canada in December 1989. We meet both the shooter and the victims in a film which makes an everyday event like school is, to be a nightmare. The shooter was a young man which have lost his way in life, the meaning of it all, blaming women's liberation, and women in general. It was a great shock to the peaceful Canadian nation, giving the country a shell shock. A true depicted tragedy, here recreated with a horrific feel of the reality in it.

The film has lots of film references. It's filmed in a Hitchcockian style. Some scenes and sounds are even inspired by Psycho. The film is made in black and white, which adds to this feel. The film would have been unnecessary gory if the blood had been red. It's in many ways very similar to Gus Van Sant's Elephant Camera moments are excellent. Angles are eventfully made and at times astonishingly beautiful, adding to the artistic feel. Music is scarce, ambient and adding to the feel. Both things makes us remember this film. The walking in corridors of the school is also quite similar. I also found similarities in the film language with the Swedish "Låt den rette komma in" (Let the right one in). Wonderful and great acted by the main role here. He is terrifyingly without any reason to carry on his life.

Not longer than necessary, which today is a blessing, when we see long movies dragging the story out. A well made film, which forces you to reflect on the event, and others like it. Kudos to the involved. Watch out for director Villeneuve, which gas already made some great stuff. He's gonna make a real important movie in the near future. Actually he right now has got his two latest films, 2011 Oscar nominated "Incendies" and the fresh smash hit "Prisoners", both with 8,2 rating here on IMDb. What a film maker!


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