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The Great Darkened Days (2018)

La grande noirceur (original title)
While a world war rages, Philippe, a draft-dodger from Quebec, takes refuge in the American West, surviving by competing in Charlie Chaplin impersonation contests. As Philippe makes his ... See full summary »

Director:

Maxime Giroux

Writers:

Simon Beaulieu (dialogue), Simon Beaulieu (co-writer) | 2 more credits »
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6 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Dubreuil ... Philippe
Romain Duris ... Lester
Reda Kateb ... Hector
Sarah Gadon ... Helen
Soko ... Rosie
Buddy Duress ... Concurrent
Luzer Twersky ... Client
Eden Sela Eden Sela ... Musicienne
Lise Roy ... Mère Philippe (voice)
Eric Connelly ... Ami concurrent #1
Clinton Van Arnam Clinton Van Arnam ... Ami concurrent #2
Bruce Dinsmore ... Général Patton (voice)
Mike Calchera Mike Calchera ... Homme concours
Walter T. Radabagh Walter T. Radabagh ... Serveur (as Walter T. Radabaugh)
Natalie Vansier ... Opératrice (voice)
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While a world war rages, Philippe, a draft-dodger from Quebec, takes refuge in the American West, surviving by competing in Charlie Chaplin impersonation contests. As Philippe makes his long journey home, he encounters various characters under the sway of a destructive madness borne of the chaotic times. His voyage, both violent and fascinating, is a hallucinatory initiation to the darker side of the American dream.

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Drama | History

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The Canadian film premiered at TIFF in Toronto in September 2018. See more »

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Disturbing
26 May 2020 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

The kind of film I crave for but only from time to time; not always. A weird, bizarre movie, not destined for all audiences. A definitely anti war feature, with awesome settings of Canada and some French actors, as Romain Duris in a very rare role for him: a disgusting, nasty villain, some kind of torturer. Actually, the middle of the movie is, for me, the most interesting part of the whole. Not the beginning nor the end. Unusual scheme of our lead meeting a very beautiful lady who happens to be herself a torturer, but not a hysterical torturer, no, on the contrary, a very "cool" torturer, which shows her in a more terrific way. It's such a shame that the ending doesn't please me, not my taste at all. A film that deserves to be seen. Definitely.


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Official Sites:

-La Bande-annonce

Country:

Canada

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

21 August 2019 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Darkened Days See more »

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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