Polytechnique Poster

Release Date: February 16th, 2009

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 17 min

Plot Summary
A misogynist massacres female engineering students.

Cast: Maxim Gaudette, Sébastien Huberdeau, Karine Vanasse, Nathalie Girard, Marina Eva, Jonathan Dubsky, Johanne-Marie Tremblay, Evelyne Brochu

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Genres: Historical drama

Ratings & Reviews

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  • As much a memorial as it is a docudrama and as such it will interest educators and students, and make for sober television. It's a pity, though, that more of an attempt wasn't made to understand the killer and explain such things as why no one apparently thought to phone for help or hit the fire alarm. show more

  • Though the characters are fictional, Polytechnique hews close to the facts regarding the 1989 incident, down to its misogynistic Marc Lépine avatar (Gaudette) separating "feminist" coeds in a classroom. show more

  • Though it's as schematic in construction as Incendies, the film doesn't grind along to a ponderous plot; it's unnerving abstraction of its subject matter more daringly relays Villeneuve's view of the human cost of gender warfare. show more

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