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Polytechnique (2009)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, History | January 2010 (USA)
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:
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The Killer
Sébastien Huberdeau ...
Jean-François
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Valérie
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Jean-François (voice)
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Stéphanie
Johanne-Marie Tremblay ...
Jean-François' Mother
Natalie Hamel-Roy ...
Jean-François' Mother (voice) (as Nathalie Hamel-Roy)
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Éric
Pierre Leblanc ...
Mr. Martineau
Francesca Barcenas ...
Injured Student at Copier
Eve Duranceau ...
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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Storyline

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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The name of the perpetrator is never once mentioned in the film. See more »

Quotes

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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Marian
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Written by Andrew Eldritch and Wayne Hussey
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some compelling scenes
10 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

In December 6, 1989, disgruntled 25-year-old student Marc Lépine shoot 28 people and then killed himself in École Polytechnique in Montreal. He aims his anger at feminists and blames his failures on them. This is a dramatized version of the true events. Maxim Gaudette plays the unnamed killer. Valérie (Karine Vanasse), Stéphanie (Evelyne Brochu) and Jean-François (Sébastien Huberdeau) are fellow mechanical engineering students and friends. The film follows these four characters before, during and after the incident.

Director Denis Villeneuve shots this in black and white. It gives a cold feel to the movie. I think the killer's writing is chilling but the minutia of the fellow students' lives are boring. The only exception is the interview for the internship. The black and white is quite effective during the shooting incident. There are a lot of comparison to Gus Van Sant's Elephant. The main difference for me is that this is a real incident. I almost never call for a strict reenactment but this needs that kind of detail. I would prefer that the 20 minutes shooting spree be recreated perfectly.


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