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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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Trivia

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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Connections

Featured in The Hour: Episode #7.83 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Love in a Void
Performed by Siouxsie and the Banshees
Written by Siouxsie Sioux, Steven Severin, Kenny Morris, and Peter Fenton
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Meh
28 July 2016 | by (Edinbruhhh) – See all my reviews

I wasn't terribly impressed by this movie, in fact at times I found it rather boring, especially the last 20 minutes which felt a bit pointless.

The first 40 minutes were alright though, even though I have no idea what the point was in filming it all in black & white (didn't know it was gonna be and the poster is slightly misleading as that is indeed in colour) it's set in 1987 after all not 1957, but I'm sure many think that that was a brilliant idea.

Anyway, lack of colours aside, yeah I wasn't terribly impressed with it, you don't get to know the characters much, or what made the killer actually snap (what made him hate feminists remains a mystery).

I mean I understand that maybe they didn't want to take too many liberties with the script, but maybe it would have worked better as a documentary instead. And then we'd get a little more insight as well.

The true story of which it's based is of course awful but that doesn't make the story anymore engaging, at least for me, certain others disagree and that's fine good for them.


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