Originally published at Moviefone.ca

Slipping the words "Canadian film" into a conversation elicits any number of images: virginity pacts from the '50s, hosers drinking beer, naked lunches or snowy tundras forcing school buses into deadly waters. It's a unique cinematic front led by David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan, filmmakers who dominate the industry so clearly that they act as an iron curtain of sorts, with much of the mainstream world having no idea of the talent and films screening north of the 42nd parallel.

The following films reveal the horrors of language and dangers of rock music, the rush of young love, the trials and tribulations of familial relationships, the ups and downs of friendship, and even a miracle Christmas birth. If you've heard of them, you're a true Canadian cinephile. And if you haven't, it's time for some schooling.

Hit the jump and dig in, eh?
categories Features, Cinematical