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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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Did You Know?


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 »


Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, L.86
Written by Claude Debussy
Performed by Jan Van Reeth, Brussels Philharmonic (as Belgian Radio and Television Philarmonic Orchestra) & Alexander Rahbari
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Thought provoking but flawed
15 January 2020 | by math1019See all my reviews

This is a very powerful movie, but I'm not sure weather or not it is a good movie. It definitely is very thought provoking and leaves you (or prehaps just me) in shock at the end. This interpretation of a greek tragedy places itself in a very heavy political context, which, depending on the people, might make it seems like a very political film (which I also believe). Nevertheless, it asks very important political questions regarding individual duties, submission to law and the state, and even philosophical conceptions of what should be a good life and the integrity of conformism. Though, to me, the movie lacks nuance and finess to the profit of a radical approach that does a good job highlighting the main themes and questions of its plot, but which also makes it a bit too extreme and often clunky.

On a technical level, the movie is well shot, with a very eye pleasing cinematography by Sophie Dersape herself. I'm not as much of a fan of the editing and directing (both also from Deraspe), which can be quite ostentatious and even seem a bit forced from time to time, like she's trying a bit too hard. The music is adequate although not revolutionary.

Ricci's performance is outstanding most of the time. The other actors are also doing a very good job, although it often felt a bit unnatural to me.

It's definitely a good film to see but I would recommend reading a bit about the greek story of Antigone and the Freddy Villanueva affaire to understand the political context in which the movie situates itself, but also in order not to misjudge its reach and overestimate the political subtext.

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Release Date:

27 August 2020 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Antigone See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »


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Sound Mix:

Stereo (Stereo)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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