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Octobre (1994)

A dramatization of the infamous Canadian terrorist abduction & murder of a government minister by a cell of The Quebec Liberation Front.

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Pierre Falardeau

Writers:

Francis Simard (book), Pierre Falardeau
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugo Dubé Hugo Dubé ... Le Gros
Luc Picard ... Felquiste
Pierre Rivard Pierre Rivard ... Felquiste
Denis Trudel ... Felquiste
Serge Houde ... Pierre Laporte
Julie Castonguay Julie Castonguay ... Louise
Raymond Leriche Raymond Leriche ... Marcel
Gilles Marsolais Gilles Marsolais ... Henri
Denise Gagnon ... Waitress
Richard Barrette Richard Barrette ... Client
Yves Trudel ... Ti-Casse
Yvel Champagne Yvel Champagne ... Femme d'Henri
Jules Falardeau Jules Falardeau ... Jules
Jean Falardeau Jean Falardeau ... Livreur B.B.Q.
Hélène Falardeau Hélène Falardeau ... La petite Hélene
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In October 1970, one group from the Front de Liberation du Quebec kidnapped the British Consul in Montreal. Few days later, a second group did the same with one of the Minister of the Quebec Government. If the first was released, the second was murdered. This is the story of the second group from the stand point of the political kidnappers. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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Country:

Canada

Language:

French

Release Date:

30 September 1994 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

October See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Gross USA:

$349,633
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Dolby

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Color
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Pierre Falardeau: The homeless man up the stairs in the second subway station scene. See more »

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Edited into Black October (2000) See more »

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Essential viewing
22 June 2004 | by daveb75See all my reviews

Again, Falardeau has put his camera where it hurts, where a camera should be ! A lot where fearing a radical, simplistic view of the events of October 1970, but were surprised to witness that the director's take on the FLQ's actions were concentrated mostly on the human aspect. These men were not brainwashed activists or militarily trained supermen, they were Quebec workers, french speaking working class citizens who got fed up with oppression and decided to wake up a nation. But by doing so, one soon realizes that he has to be willing to give up everything for the cause. These guys were not super heroes, they were not mindless protesters; they doubted, they feared, they hoped, they laughed, they cried, they hurt each other, they despaired...they were and are human beings. Real human beings. And that's what interested Falardeau. Ordinary people taking extraordinary measures to shake a system that doesn't want to listen to them. But they found themselves in a dead end once the government decide to send in the army instead of negotiating. If they would have let the hostage go, they're whole operation would have seemed as a farce and the demands of Quebec would once again not be taken seriously. But as they say in the film, they were not murderers. They were faced with a dilemma: go all the way or be forever sheep in a country that does not even recognize the existence of their nation. You can feel all the pressure of that dilemma in "Octobre". And to me, that is the main reason for the film's being. It is not simplistic. It does not evacuate the moral issues of the actions taken by the protagonist. It shows the other side of a revolution, the human difficulties that go with it. And that is no minor task. For once, in Quebec, we were told a story from a non-institutional point of view. And only this, to start with, makes "Octobre" essential viewing.


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