Polytechnique (2009)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, History  |  January 2010 (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 overview, first billed only:
Maxim Gaudette ...
The Killer
Sébastien Huberdeau ...
Jean-François (voice)
Johanne-Marie Tremblay ...
Jean-François' Mother
Natalie Hamel-Roy ...
Jean-François' Mother (voice) (as Nathalie Hamel-Roy)
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


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 value of human life.

Denis Villeneuve's Polytechnique (2009) is as far away from his later Enemy (2013) as I could imagine. It is pure and stark, informed by its subject matter: a 1989 school shooting in Montreal, targeting women. It looks great in black and white, which creates a sombre atmosphere.

This film is a testament to the importance of story and substance. The cerebral Enemy never really justified its existence to me. Also, unlike the bloated Enemy, which wore out its welcome after 15 minutes, this film is engrossing through its conservative 75 minute run time.

The film is profoundly disturbing, and just plain profound. It is a sensitive film that evokes the barbarism of murder, while celebrating the value of human life.


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