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Miséricorde (2016)

Thomas, a Swiss policeman adrift , lives within the indigenous community in Northern Canada. When a child from the reserve is hit by a reckless driver, he promises to find the drunk driver ... See full summary »

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Fulvio Bernasconi
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Credited cast:
Micheline Anichinapéo Micheline Anichinapéo ... Guide spirituelle
Charli Arcouette-Martineau Charli Arcouette-Martineau ... Laurie
Martin Boily Martin Boily ... Rob
Serge Bordeleau Serge Bordeleau ... Caméraman TV
Gary Boudreault Gary Boudreault ... Camionneur
Evelyne Brochu ... Mary-Ann
Michel Brouillette ... Policier Cadillac
Marie-Hélène Bélanger Marie-Hélène Bélanger ... Alice
Valérie Cadieux Valérie Cadieux ... Hôtesse
Isabelle Caillat ... Femme de Thomas
Alexandre Castonguay Alexandre Castonguay ... Chauffeur corbillard
Jassen Charron ... Jeune camionneur
Clayton Cheezo Clayton Cheezo ... Policier
Bernard Chevalier Bernard Chevalier ... Comionneur
Virginie Claude ... Airport Receptionist
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Thomas, a Swiss policeman adrift , lives within the indigenous community in Northern Canada. When a child from the reserve is hit by a reckless driver, he promises to find the drunk driver and make him apologize to the mother. This quest will bring back the darkest memories of his own past. Written by Wim Vorster

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Switzerland | Canada

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French

Release Date:

24 September 2016 (Switzerland) See more »

Also Known As:

Mercy See more »

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Matagami, Québec, Canada See more »

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MERCY
27 March 2019 | by wim-vorsterSee all my reviews

Swiss director Fulvio Bernasconi transports a Swiss policeman. Thomas, to Canada in the province of Quebec where he befriends and stays with indigenous people.

When one of the young boys is killed in a traffic accident, he vows to find the culprit, because the mother can't bury her son until the guilty party apologises for his death.

Thomas himself is hiding from a stark reality in his life. Moreover, the entire community is upset and gets drawn into the rage. They, more than the unfortunate Mukki's relatives, are bent on revenge.

Although Miséricorde is in essence a suspense movie, it transcends the genre, because it primarily deals with loss, tradition and custom, relationships and the human psyche. Loneliness is an inherent part of every being. It also takes an incisive look at how different people and races act in the face of tragedy, danger and death.

The characters are all well-drawn, including a pregnant policewoman (somewhat reminiscent of the Coen brothers' Fargo), her father, a disgruntled elderly uncle, Thomas himself (played by Jonathan Zaccai), and various others. The actors embody these characters with conviction and sincerity. Marthe Keller in a cameo as a grandmother is rather fetching.

As mentioned, tradition plays an important part, despite everyone employng modern technology. A spiritual advisor has to guard Mukki's body and keep on annointing it. The result is cinema that keeps you in suspense yet at the same time is quite touching.

All in all 90 well spent minutes. 8/10


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