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Savage Messiah (2002)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Mario Azzopardi

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Sharon Riis (screenplay)
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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 Domini Blythe ... Gayle
John Dunn-Hill John Dunn-Hill ... Old man in farm
Kyra Azzopardi Kyra Azzopardi ... Alinne
Tony Robinow Tony Robinow ... Judge Bonnard
Claude Préfontaine Claude Préfontaine ... Marie-Claude's Father
Susan Glover Susan Glover ... Rod's Wife
Robert Higden ... Grocery Store Owner / Clerk
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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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He promised them...Love, Healing, SALVATION See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, disturbing images, sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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Canada | UK

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French | English

Release Date:

26 April 2002 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Bestie See more »

Filming Locations:

Mirabel, Québec, Canada

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CAD 4,200,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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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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Disturbing, but very well done film
8 April 2003 | by KatatoniaSee all my reviews

This movie is quite disturbing and not exactly pleasant to watch. However, that is not to say this isn't a very good and important film because it is.

There's a reason why Religion produces more pain, conflict and death than anything else in the history of mankind. It is used as an instrument of fear and power, and of course the weaker minded will always have gravitate towards the unknowable, and those who claim exclusive access to it. Not to say Religious concepts have no meaning or good qualities...and if humanity survives well into the future without destroying itself due to conflicting faiths, it will surely look back upon most Religious concepts as nothing more than unnecessary barbarism and tools for a weaker civilization.

Case in point...Savage Messiah. A psychotic and truly evil cult leader who tortures, kills, maims, molests, abuses...all in the name of "Love" and "God". Obviously this man was a complete lunatic, yet quite brilliant in some perverse ways. It's amazing that a few people still are loyal to him despite all the hard evidence against him, and even his ad hoc confession of guilt. Total brainwashing is a very easy process with some people it does seem.

As for the movie itself, it stays quite close to the known public truth about "Roch" and his self-proclaimed entourage. It is well filmed, realistic, and most importantly has some excellent acting performances by Polly Walker and Luc Picard. It's a movie that is important, even though most people won't ever get the chance to view it.


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