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Polytechnique (2009)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, History | 15 January 2018 (USA)
A dramatization of the Montreal Massacre of 1989 where several female engineering students were murdered by an unstable misogynist.

Director:

Denis Villeneuve

Writers:

Jacques Davidts (scenario and dialogue), Denis Villeneuve (collaboration) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maxim Gaudette ... The Killer
Sébastien Huberdeau ... Jean-François
Karine Vanasse ... Valérie
Martin Watier ... Jean-François (voice)
Evelyne Brochu ... Stéphanie
Johanne-Marie Tremblay Johanne-Marie Tremblay ... Jean-François' Mother
Natalie Hamel-Roy Natalie Hamel-Roy ... Jean-François' Mother (voice) (as Nathalie Hamel-Roy)
Pierre-Yves Cardinal ... Éric
Pierre Leblanc Pierre Leblanc ... Mr. Martineau
Francesca Barcenas Francesca Barcenas ... Injured Student at Copier
Eve Duranceau ... Student with the Ear Injury
Mathieu Ledoux Mathieu Ledoux ... Injured Student
Adam Kosh Adam Kosh ... Killer's Roommate
Larissa Corriveau Larissa Corriveau ... Killer's Neighboor
Manon Lapointe Manon Lapointe ... Killer's Mother
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Storyline

On December 6, 1989, a lone gunman walked into Montréal's École Polytechnique, a post-secondary institution focusing primarily in engineering, and began a shooting massacre. This event and its aftermath are shown from the perspective of three people. The first is the shooter himself, who blamed the problems in his life on who he considered feminists, such as female engineering students, who were his primary targets. This event was the culmination of a seven year plan, which had a self-defined end. The second is female mechanical engineering student Valérie, who earlier that day had an interview for her dream internship, working on an aerospace project. The interview process itself was a disturbing one for her in the stereotypical view by the male interviewer, who did not believe that females could work in the business and still have aspirations to have a family. And the third is Jean-François, Valérie's friend and fellow mechanical engineering student, who was one of the few who did ... Written by Huggo

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Crime | Drama | History

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Country:

Canada

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Politehnika See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The name of the perpetrator is never once mentioned in the film. See more »

Quotes

Valérie: If I have a boy, I'll teach him how to love. If I have a girl, I'll tell her the world is hers.
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Alternate Versions

In addition to the French-Canadian language version, an English language version was also shot (back-to-back). See more »

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References Pour la suite du monde (1963) See more »

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An excellent Docu-Drama
31 May 2011 | by ronchowSee all my reviews

From the opening scene of students busy doing their copying in front of an array of copying machines, and the sudden disruption caused by a burst of gun fire, Polytechnique grabs the viewers by the collar and placed them right in the middle of this horrific event that took place in Montreal in 1989.

The film claimed to be a fictionalized account of the massacre, in which 14 women were killed and many others were wounded, and I don't know to what extent it adheres to facts. But that does not matter. As far as story telling goes Denis Villeneuves did it with skill and without fanfare. B/W images, and a restraint use of dialogue and music add to the mood of this film, which is not an uplifting experience by its very nature. Acting was good by the several male and female leads. Editing was excellent.

Overall, I look at this films as Canadian cinema at its best - despite the depressing nature of the subject matter.


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