Canadian films

I looked at the list of films from Canada... I think I need to intervene here. There are SO many that are not listed here because they are not on letterboxd (most are on IMDB though..)

* La donation (Bernard Emond)
* Un été sans point ni coup sûr (Francis Leclerc)
* À tout prendre (Claude Jutra)
* Les bons débarras (Francis Mankiewicz) - Best film in the Quebec history.
*Pour la suite du monde (Pierre Perrault - and many many other in the style "Cinéma direct")
* Une histoire inventée (André Forcier)
* Un Zoo la nuit (Jean-Claude Lauzon)
* Le crime d'Ovide Plouffe (Denis Arcand)

In Quebec - the French province of Canada - who wants to become a country for over 40 years now - we have two excellent film directors who died at a young age : Jean-Claude Lauzon and Claude Jutra. Claude Jutra suicided in the mid '80. He was only 56. He had the Alzeihmer disease and couldn't bear loosing his memory, so he jumped off the bridge. Jutra filled up the Canadian cinematography with excellent films. He was known internationally. In Canada, they name the festival equivalence of the Oscar, and Cannes "The Jutra". And Lauzon died in plane crash at the age of 43 ! What a tragedy for Canadian cinema. I wish they would both be alive today to blow our minds out!

Nevertheless, we have many many more and very promising one too, starting with Xavier Dolan and Denis Villeneuve who are both internationally known for their films nomination or winning at the Oscar and Cannes.

Here is my chronological list of a few best (or really worth checking out).

I must say I had a little help from my friend Lise, especially for the English movies.

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  • The Dismantlement
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Diego Star
  • Vic+Flo Saw a Bear
  • Gabrielle
  • Catimini
  • Liverpool
  • Laurence Anyways
  • War Witch
  • Monsieur Lazhar
  • Coteau Rouge
  • Incendies
  • The Last Escape
  • Polytechnique
  • I Killed My Mother
  • Chloe
  • The Diary of a Volunteer
  • Maman est chez le coiffeur
  • Borderline
  • Pontypool
  • The Necessities of Life
  • The Fight
  • Away from Her
  • C.R.A.Z.Y.
  • Machine Gun Molly
  • The Saddest Music in the World
  • Far Side of the Moon
  • Seducing Doctor Lewis
  • Hideous Kinky
  • The Sweet Hereafter
  • The Hanging Garden
  • Crash
  • Leolo
  • Le party
  • Cruising Bar
  • The Man Who Planted Trees
  • The Fly
  • Le matou
  • Kamouraska
  • Orders
  • J.A. Martin photographe
  • My Uncle Antoine
  • Through the Mist
  • Les grandes chaleurs
  • Nanook of the North


  • Pour ajouter a ta liste:
    South of Wawa (my favourite)
    La Grande Seduction (seducing Doctor Lewis)
    Saint Ralph
    Un 32 Aout Sur Terre (An August 32nd on Earth)
    La turbulence des fluides (Chaos and desire)
    Alys Robi: Ma vie en Cinemascope(Alys Robi: Bittersweet Memories)

  • Away from her
    The Hanging Garden
    the Sweet Hereafter
    The Saddest Music in the World
    The Fly
    Victoria Day

  • Ok, ok, well I thought of putting La grande séduction, mais c'est un remake... J'ai trouvé ça pas pire, mais je ne l'ai pas aimé autant qu'il a été encenséé. C'est vrai que les films de Denis Villeneuve sont tous bons, je ne voulais pas trop surcharger non plus, mais ta deuxième liste j'aime mieux encore. J'avais oublié The Sweet hereafter... Je trouve tellement que le titre de ce film ne va pas avec le film !! Je n'ai pas vu Pontypool et Victoria Day, I'm not sure about the Saddest Music in the World. And the Fly I didn't like so... Trigger ??? So I have to watch all of these. Can you tell me if you remember this film where a guy (or was it a girl) who come back in town after very long and we don't know why but we find out what happen. They meet at the family chalet by a lake in the summer... I can't even recall the whole story, but it was GOOOOD and I'd like to know what it is. Then, there is also another one from New Brunswick. We'll talk.

  • I found it ! It's The Hanging Garden ! Thank you, thank you

  • I saw Pontypool by the way. When I read the scenario, I remembered. I liked the darkness in it, the fact it's all happening at night. And the scenario was original. So yes it was a good film, but a great film ?

  • We loved Pontypool - it is so screwed up, it's great. It's based on a book, but is nothing like it. By the way, I didn't know you wanted "great" films; thought you wanted just Canadian films.

  • Well yah, I thought it was the idea of a list, no ? Something special at the very least ... If we were to make a list of ALL the Canadian films, well the list would be too long. Just in Quebec, the amount of films coming out is incredible. I don't know about other provinces though, but i'm sure it's nothing compare to Quebec, isn't it ? How many Ontario films come out each year ? Do you know ?

  • No, I don't know. I do know that someone made a list for all Australian films, so it's not out of the question to have a reference list of all Canadian films. But it would require quite a bit of work.

  • My favourite it still a little film called South of Wawa (it's in the database now--I added it). It's not the best; it's just my favourite.

  • I'm not really interested because 2/3 would not be there anyway, but would be interesting to see how many we get, hey ?

  • Oh, and you have to add Goin' Down the Road. Cult-status English-Canada road movie.

  • Funny, I just add it up to my watching list before you wrote it !

  • *watch list - (I was talking about South of Wawa not goin' Down the Road which is not listed by the way). Too bad you can't edit this stuff, I see mistake I made and I hate it.

  • If you do watch it, think Foleyet in the 80s. It is such an accurate portrayal of small town Ontario--I knew quite a few people who were exactly like those characters.

  • I can't find it ! But I watched Trigger... I really didn't like it and hurried take it off my list of best canadian films.

  • The film is really a tribute to Tracy Wright. She was a staple of experiemental theatre in Toronto for 20 years. In Dec 2009 she was diagonosed with pancreatic cancer. In January she married her long-time partner Don McKellar (another staple in Canadian film and theatre). The producers of Trigger rushed into production without really knowing where they would get the cash and many volunteered to make the picture so that Tracy may play her final role. She was terribly ill throughout the shooting, but she gave it her all. She passed away shortly after, in June. It was a huge loss for Toronto and for Canadian theatre. All to say that Trigger holds a special place for many in the Canadian industry (hence all the cameos).

  • Fido! I loved that movie.

  • "Last Night" by Don McKellar was kind of interesting..

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