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-A dramatization of the Montreal Massacre of 1989 (in Canada), where several female engineering students were murdered by an unstable misogynist.

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The Killer
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Jean-François
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Valérie
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Jean-François (voice)
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Stéphanie
Johanne-Marie Tremblay ...
Jean-François' Mother
Natalie Hamel-Roy ...
Jean-François' Mother (voice) (as Nathalie Hamel-Roy)
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Éric
Pierre Leblanc ...
Mr. Martineau
Francesca Barcenas ...
Injured Student at Copier
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Student with the Ear Injury
Mathieu Ledoux ...
Injured Student
Adam Kosh ...
Killer's Roommate
Larissa Corriveau ...
Killer's Neighboor
Manon Lapointe ...
Killer's Mother
Kim Lavack Paquin ...
Student at the Library
Mireille Brullemans ...
Admission Office's Secretary
Pier-Olivier Paquet ...
Student at the Admission Office
Louise Proulx ...
Secretary in Waiting Room
Lily Thibeault ...
Female Student at the Copy Room (as Lyli Thibeault)
Robert Reynaert ...
Teacher in First Classroom
Stéphane Julien ...
Student in the Escalator
Pierre-Xavier Martel ...
Security Guard
Marc-Andre Brisebois ...
Student in the Stairs
François-Xavier Dufour ...
Student in 3rd Floor Corridor
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Female Student - 3rd Floor Corridor
Antoine Touchette ...
Male Student in Common Room
Emmanuelle Girard ...
Student Behind Speakers
Anne Trudel ...
Student Behind Speakers
Nathalie Girard ...
Injured Student
Eve Gaudouas ...
Female Student in First Classroom
Marie-Évelyne Baribeau ...
Female Student in First Classroom
Valerie Cadieux ...
Female Student in First Classroom
Valérie Charland ...
Female Student in First Classroom
Cathy Labrecque ...
Female Student in First Classroom
Cynthia Wu-Maheux ...
Female Student in First Classroom (as Cynthia Wu Maheux)
Josee Lacombe ...
Female Student in First Classroom
Alexis Lefebvre ...
Male Student in First Classroom
Julien Maranda ...
Male Student in First Classroom
Alexandre St-Martin ...
Male Student in First Classroom (as Alex St-Martin)
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Distracted Student
Marc Francoeur ...
Valerie's Father
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Valerie's Mother
Chantale Bilodeau ...
Physiotherapist
Eugénie Beaudry ...
Female Student at Blackboard
Denis Lehoux-Faucher ...
Engineer #1
Marc Gourdeau ...
Engineer #2
Jean-Marc Dalphond ...
Paramedic
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nir Assayag ...
Male Student in First Classroom
Melantha Blackthorne ...
Student (uncredited)
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Étudiant couché (uncredited)
Ludwig Manahan ...
Student (uncredited)
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Scared Student (uncredited)

Directed by

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Denis Villeneuve

Written by

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Jacques Davidts ... (scenario and dialogue)
 
Denis Villeneuve ... (collaboration) &
Eric Leca ... (collaboration)

Produced by

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Nathalie Brigitte Bustos ... associate producer
Don Carmody ... producer
Julien Remillard ... executive producer
André Rouleau ... producer
Maxime Rémillard ... producer
Karine Vanasse ... producer

Music by

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Benoît Charest

Cinematography by

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Pierre Gill ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Richard Comeau

Editorial Department

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Serge Harvey ... di editor
Charlotte Mazzinghi ... colorist

Casting By

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Nathalie Boutrie ... casting co-director

Production Design by

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Roger Martin

Art Direction by

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Martin Tessier

Set Decoration by

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Elisabeth Williams ... (as Élisabeth Williams)

Makeup Department

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Lizane La Salle ... assistant makeup artist: extras
Martin Rivest ... key hair stylist
Ronald J. Rolfe ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Danny Rossner ... production manager
Joe Yared ... post-production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Yanick DiVito ... co-third assistant director
Julie Gamache-Maher ... third assistant director

Art Department

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Jocelyn Bonnier ... storyboard artist
Vincent Brabant ... on-set props
Dominique Brunel ... assistant property master
Martin Gauthier ... property master
Marceline Gonin ... property master
Sophie Grenier ... graphic artist
Maurice Roy ... graphic artist
Louisa Schabas ... assistant art director

Sound Department

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Claude Beaugrand ... supervising sound editor
Stéphane Bergeron ... re-recording mixer
Pierre Blain ... sound recordist
Jo Caron ... adr and foley recordist (as Jocelyn Caron)
Guy Francoeur ... foley artist
Benoit Leduc ... adr recordist
Isabelle Lussier ... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Olivier Léger ... additional sound
Marie-Lou Morin ... assistant post-synchronization
Guy Pelletier ... adr editor
Christian Rivest ... sound effects editor

Special Effects by

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Carmelle Beaudoin ... special effects coordinator
Jacques Godbout ... special effects supervisor

Visual Effects by

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Adam Goldstein ... visual effects artist

Stunts

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Maxime Allard ... stunt performer
Francesca Barcenas ... stunt performer
Alain Bérard ... stunt performer
Eve Duranceau ... stunt performer
Mary-Pier Gaudet ... stunt performer
Nathalie Girard ... stunt performer
Tyler Hall ... stunt performer
Stéphane Julien ... stunt performer
Héléna Laliberté ... stunt performer
Gilbert Larose Jr. ... stunt coordinator
Yan Lecomte ... stunt performer
Mathieu Ledoux ... stunt performer

Camera and Electrical Department

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René Guillard ... gaffer
Stéphane Leblanc ... best boy electric
Boris Roy ... a camera
Mathilde Savard-Cloutier ... second assistant camera

Casting Department

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Mike Migliara ... additional casting
Stephanie Patrick ... extras casting assistant
Bruno Rosato ... additional casting
Debbie Santelli ... extras casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jean-François Desjardins ... key costumer

Location Management

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Suzanne De Carufel ... location manager

Music Department

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Lucie Bourgouin ... music rights clearance

Script and Continuity Department

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Adam Kelly Morton ... script consultant

Other crew

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Valérie d'Auteuil ... assistant to producer
Maximilien Dion ... set runner
Pierre Guevremont ... production accountant
Jean-Francois Hall ... figurant
Sarah Jene ... assistant to executive producer
Frederic Moreau ... production assistant

Thanks

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Geneviève Bergeron ... dedicatee
Hélène Colgan ... dedicatee
Nathalie Croteau ... dedicatee
Barbara Daigneault ... dedicatee
Anne-Marie Edward ... dedicatee
Maud Haviernick ... dedicatee
Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz ... dedicatee
Maryse Laganière ... dedicatee
Maryse Leclair ... dedicatee
Anne-Marie Lemay ... dedicatee
Adam Kelly Morton ... special thanks
Sonia Pelletier ... dedicatee
Michèle Richard ... dedicatee
Annie St-Arneault ... dedicatee
Annie Turcotte ... dedicatee

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Special Effects

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

-On December 6, 1989, a lone gunman walked into Montréal's École Polytechnique (in Canada), 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 whatever he could to help the targeted women. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Politécnico (Spain)
  • Politehnika (Serbia)
  • 静かなる叫び (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Политех (Russia)
  • Politechnika (Poland)
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Runtime
  • 77 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend Canada CAD214,419, 08 Feb 2009

Did You Know?

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Trivia The film was shot in black and white in order to avoid the presence of blood on screen. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #7.83 (2011). See more »
Soundtracks Love in a Void 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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