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The Twentieth Century (2019)

The 20th Century (original title)
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Determined to become the leader of the Dominion of Canada, a young W.L. Mackenzie King rises to power.


Matthew Rankin


Matthew Rankin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Beirne ... Mackenzie King
Sarianne Cormier
Catherine St-Laurent ... Ruby Eliott
Mikhaïl Ahooja ... Bert Harper
Brent Skagford ... Arthur Meighen
Seán Cullen ... Lord Muto
Louis Negin ... Mother
Kee Chan ... Dr. Milton Wakefield
Trevor Anderson ... Mr. Justice Richardson
Emmanuel Schwartz ... Lady Violet
Richard Jutras ... Father
Satine Scarlett Montaz ... Little Charlotte
Charlotte Legault ... Angel of Britain
Marc Ducusin ... A.A. Heaps
Jadyn Malone ... Smoking Street Child


Renowned for his mesmerizing, gonzo biographical shorts Mynarski Death Plummet and The Tesla World Light, Matthew Rankin doubles down on his signature blend of historical and aesthetic abstraction with his debut feature, a bizarre biopic that re-imagines the formative years of former Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King as a series of abject humiliations. Stylistically indebted to early cinema via its alchemy adoption of antiquated analogue techniques that recall the work of Guy Maddin, The Twentieth Century plays fantastically fast and loose with history as it riotously roasts both its subject and the political legacies of the Great White North. Exuding both manic ambition and cherubic naivety, Daniel Beirne is magnificently funny as a young Mackenzie King, who is determined to fulfill the political destiny that was prophesied by his dogmatic mother (played by Maddin regular Louis Negin). But when destiny appears to be deferred by a romantic rebuke and an unexpected ... Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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Mackenzie King: Miss Elliot, what if I told you by new winter's day, I will be Prime Minister of Canada?
Ruby Eliott: I should think it to be most arrogant.
Mackenzie King: Well, there could be no question of my victory. My mother has been grooming me for leadership since birth.
Ruby Eliott: Well then, I suppose I need not wish you any luck.
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Unadulterated Garbage
3 December 2020 | by XenophonSee all my reviews

This movie thinks it's Monty Python but it's not, it's not funny, witty or interesting in the least. This putrid dung heap of a film is only suited for the hipster lugans too afraid to admit that crap is crap because some hopped up acid using talking head claims it's "artistic genius" or some other idiotic term those buffoons dream up. After seeing this mess I think I might have rated Sicilian Vampire too low.

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20 November 2020 (USA) See more »

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