Polytechnique (2009)

Polytechnique (2009)

The pervasiveness of misogyny and male violence in this black and white flick

7.5

Movie

Canada
French
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
2009
DENIS VILLENEUVE
Adam Kosh, Alexandre St-Martin, Cynthia Wu-Maheux
77 min

What it's about

A dramatization of the Montreal Massacre of 1989 where several female engineering students were murdered by an unstable misogynist.

The take

Polytechnique directed by Denis Villeneuve, is a dramatization of the 1989 Montreal massacre of multiple female engineering students. This film focuses on a male student navigating the massacre for the majority of the film’s run time. The performances and minimal dialogue in this film certainly make this an unnerving film to watch. Littered with the screams of the actors portraying the engineering students, this could be mistaken as a gaudy horror film. However, this is far from a fictionalized horror.

This Villeneuve classic is undoubtedly one of the most emotionally brutal films of the 2000s, yet I appreciate the honesty of the storytelling. Polytechnique encourages its audience to ask itself if it truly understands the truth of misogyny. 

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