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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 (co-writer), Maxime Giroux (co-writer) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Martin Dubreuil ... Philippe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mike Calchera Mike Calchera ... Man contest
Buddy Duress ... Opponent
Romain Duris ... Lester
Cody Fern ... Travelling Salesman
Sarah Gadon ... Helen
Reda Kateb ... Hector
Walter T. Radabagh Walter T. Radabagh ... Waiter
Lise Roy ... Philippe's Mother
Eden Sela Eden Sela ... Musician
Soko ... Rosie
Luzer Twersky ... Customer
Clinton Van Arnam Clinton Van Arnam ... Opponent's Friend #2
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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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Official Sites:

-La Bande-annonce

Country:

Canada

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

21 August 2019 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Didzioji tamsa See more »

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Metafilms See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Parts of the film was filmed at the Nevada Northern Railway Museum in Ely, Nevada. One of the museum's steam locomotives and passenger coaches is seen in the film but also many of the railroad yard buildings were used for other scenes because of their old time look. See more »

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Chilling, Stylish, Dark, yet still Hopeful
28 September 2018 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

In a timeless, parched and depressed landscape, the people who encourage happiness are usually trying to sell something. Philippe is an actor playing Charlie Chaplin who assumes the role in real life. It is a surreal and narcissistic dog eat dog world where misery, addiction and entitlement are rampant. Philippe may be lost, alone and troubled, but he is still hopeful. "You are the ones who are weak," he tells those who would use him for a bit of gold. "you are cowards afraid of doing good." Phillipe is lost and wants to find his way back to something meaningful and good.

Chilling, stylish and dark, The Great Darkened Days is a profoundly personal film for the director who struggled to tell a story true to his vision and as independently as possible from the material world. The film setting is in a fantastic ghost town of Nevada. The Great Darkened Days is a little forced and awkward, but it tells an essential story with parallels to modern times. Seen at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.


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