Determined to become the leader of the Dominion of Canada, a young W.L. Mackenzie King rises to power.


Matthew Rankin (as Mathew Rankin), Matthew Rankin


Matthew Rankin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Beirne ... Mackenzie King
Sarianne Cormier ... Nurse Lapointe
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 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


Toronto, 1899. Aspiring young politician Mackenzie King dreams of becoming the Prime Minister of Canada. But he hesitates in love between a British soldier and a French-Canadian nurse, King furtively indulges a fetishistic obsession that may well be his downfall. In his quest for power, King must gratify the expectations of his imperious Mother, the hawkish fantasies of a war-mongering Governor-General and the utopian idealism of a Québécois mystic before facing the final test of leadership. Culminating in an epic battle between good and evil, King learns that disappointment may be the only way to survive the 20th century.

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Two errors in Canadianisms: 1. Judges were (and still often are) addressed as "Your Worship" and not "Your Honour". 2. One cannot become Ambassador to the Bahamas if one comes from another Commonwealth Realm, like Canada. Canada would have had a High Commissioner in the Bahamas at the time. Presently, for budgetary and other reasons, it only has a Consulate, managed via Canada's Jamaican High Commission. See more »


Winnipeg Street Urchin: Hey mister, welcome to Winnipeg. You want some heroin? Bare naked ladies? Reasonably priced furniture?
Mackenzie King: I want nothing from you!
Winnipeg Street Urchin: Well, fuck you then!
Smoking Street Child: Yeah, fuck you.
Winnipeg Street Urchin: And your nice fucking shoes.
Smoking Street Child: Fucking asshole.
Winnipeg Street Urchin: [to child] Fuck you, too!
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don't listen to the others
16 January 2021 | by petrichwSee all my reviews

Fantastic graphics, mesmerizing actors and actresses, the film is fun as hell and makes something as dry as Canadian federal politics in the early 20th century something with a crazy adrenaline kick / drug fever to it. Ive never seen a Guy Maddin film which takes inspiration from but I think it is very unique and I will revisit this film a lot more in the future.

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20 November 2020 (USA) See more »

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