Polytechnique ★★★★

Director Denis Villeneuve's striking black and white feature attempts to dramatize the 1989 Montreal Massacre during which a troubled feminist-hating young man enters a polytechnical school and goes on a killing rampage, specifically targeting women. There's a bit too much of an agenda here — a feminist one, which I'm nevertheless sympathetic to — for me to get completely behind some of the somewhat heavy-handed choices made. (Other than the shooter, the characters and their individual arcs are fictional, so Villeneuve is free to invent narratives that conceptualize what he thinks the shooting "meant.")

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