Polytechnique (2009)

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A dramatization of the 1989 Montréal Massacre, during which several female engineering students were murdered by an unstable misogynist.




  • Maxim Gaudette in Polytechnique (2009)
  • Denis Villeneuve in Polytechnique (2009)
  • Maxim Gaudette in Polytechnique (2009)
  • Karine Vanasse and Evelyne Brochu in Polytechnique (2009)
  • Polytechnique (2009)
  • Polytechnique (2009)

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31 May 2011 | ronchow
| An excellent Docu-Drama
From the opening scene of students busy doing their copying in front of an array of copying machines, and the sudden disruption caused by a burst of gun fire, Polytechnique grabs the viewers by the collar and placed them right in the middle of this horrific event that took place in Montreal in 1989.

The film claimed to be a fictionalized account of the massacre, in which 14 women were killed and many others were wounded, and I don't know to what extent it adheres to facts. But that does not matter. As far as story telling goes Denis Villeneuves did it with skill and without fanfare. B/W images, and a restraint use of dialogue and music add to the mood of this film, which is not an uplifting experience by its very nature. Acting was good by the several male and female leads. Editing was excellent.

Overall, I look at this films as Canadian cinema at its best - despite the depressing nature of the subject matter.

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