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Polytechnique 15 rating

Denis Villeneuve’s profound dramatisation of the tragic Montreal Massacre.

Crime 2009 77 mins

Director: Denis Villeneuve


Villeneuve explores a more devastating and realistic legacy of violence in this film based on the real life 1989 École Polytechnique massacre, in which a disturbed, misogynist shooter targeted female students. Documenting the events primarily through the perspectives of a survivor and a witness, the film examines not only that fatal day, but also the long-term physical and psychological consequences. Although divisive, Polytechnique is a pivotal point in Villeneuve’s filmography, as the director gains confidence in his sweeping camerawork and in crafting mood and tone.