As a small-town social worker investigates a commune headed by a spiritual leader calling himself Moses, she discovers a dead child, sadistic rituals, and ruthless mental and physical abuse.

Director:

Mario Azzopardi

Writer:

Sharon Riis (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Polly Walker ... Paula Jackson
Luc Picard ... Roch 'Moïse' Thériault
Isabelle Blais ... Lise
Louis Ferreira ... Vern (as Justin Louis)
Isabelle Cyr ... Danielle
Julie La Rochelle Julie La Rochelle ... Suzette
Pascale Montpetit ... Marie-Claude
Elizabeth Robertson Elizabeth Robertson ... Magdalene
Domini Blythe ... Gayle
John Dunn-Hill ... Old Man at Farm
Kyra Azzopardi Kyra Azzopardi ... Aline
Tony Robinow Tony Robinow ... Judge Bonnard
Claude Préfontaine ... Marie-Claude's Father
Susan Glover Susan Glover ... Rod's Wife
Robert Higden ... Grocery Store Owner / Clerk
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Storyline

Based on real-life events in Canada in the late 1980's, social worker Paula Jackson investigated a commune run by a messiah-like figure who referred to himself as Moses. Jackson's findings uncovered disturbing mental and physical abuses of this cult's members by its maniacal leader. Soon, Jackson found herself fighting to save Moses's followers. Written by Anonymous

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child abuse | court | leader | cult | abuse | See All (30) »

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing images, sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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Roch Thériault was found dead in his cell in Dorchester, New Brunswick, he was 63 years old (1947-2011). See more »

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C'est la belle Françoise
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Good story and great direction
21 August 2003 | by info-590See all my reviews

I happen to know that this film was shot in about 18 days and was extremely low budget. This makes you appreciate even greater the talent of the director who obviously had very few tools to play around with, except for the actors. This is a powerfull film which has been powerfully directed. My marks are 8+ out of 10 and the only reason why I do not give it full marks is because it deserved some more money to be put on screen, and then it would have been so much greater I'm sure.


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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

26 April 2002 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Savage Messiah See more »

Filming Locations:

Mirabel, Québec, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD4,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,015,671

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,015,671
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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