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Antigone (2019)

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A modern adaptation of the classic Greek tragedy which falls within a social realism. To the law of men, the young Antigone apposes her own sets of values.


Sophie Deraspe (as Sophie Desraspe)


Sophie Deraspe (adaptation), Sophocles (play)
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Credited cast:
Nahéma Ricci ... Antigone
Rawad El-Zein Rawad El-Zein ... Polynice
Antoine DesRochers ... Hémon (as Antoine Desrochers)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sebastien Beaulac ... Gardien de prison
L. Fernando Becerra Sánchez L. Fernando Becerra Sánchez ... Eteocles's friend
Nour Belkhiria ... Ismène
Hakim Brahimi Hakim Brahimi ... Étéocle
Lise Castonguay Lise Castonguay ... Psychiatre
Zalfa Chelhot Zalfa Chelhot ... Policière
Eric Clark Eric Clark ... CBSA Officer
Jean-Sébastien Courchesne ... Maître O'Neil
Paul Doucet ... Christian
Benoît Gouin ... Enquêteur
Rachida Oussaada Rachida Oussaada ... Ménécée


In helping her brother escape from prison, Antigone confronts the authorities: the police, the judicial and penal systems, and the father of her friend Haemon. A straight-A student and model citizen until now, she sees the vice-grip tighten around her. But she rejects the law of men for her own sense of justice, dictated by love and loyalty.

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Crime | Drama


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Sophie Deraspe informed the audience at TIFF she sorted out 800 applicants and chose 300 to look at and eventually chose Naheema for the role of Antigone. This film just won Canada Goose award at TIFF 2019. September 15 2019! See more »


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An almost perfect film
10 September 2019 | by plupu66See all my reviews

Canadian cinema, while of excellent quality, is not well enough known, unfortunately, even in Canada. We, Canadians are reluctant to toot our horn. While I understand modesty, not promoting enough real values is a serious shortcoming.

I am not a skilled review writer and I am afraid I will not do this film justice. But this film touched and awed me so much that, that I could not help it. I had to draw attention to it.

I would rank this film - in terms of depth, execution, impact, thoughtful script, acting - up there with La Strada and Zorba the Greek. It draws you in, it touches you, it leaves you thinking and feeling days and days afterwards. It is an honestly made film. It does not go for shock, easy answers, holier-than-though preaching, or political subtext. (The reviews who see political statements are WRONG.)

it starts with the 25 hundred years old story of Antigone, and, using it as a mold, tells us a story about a refugee family in Quebec. (By the way, do read the synopsis of the Greek tragedy before seeing this film. It gives you needed bearings.)

Hold on here for a moment. The moment the word "refugee" comes up, the sea parts along political lines and entrenched positions. No, they are just a family, and their refugee status does not make them "good" or "bad" or even different from the society around - it is just a backdrop for a millennia-old conundrum: who are we loyal to - the law of the land or the family blood? And how far we are ready to go. Different cultures may see different nuances.

Open your mind, open your heart, and go see this film.

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Release Date:

27 August 2020 (Brazil) See more »

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Antigone See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »


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1.85 : 1
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