In Canada we do not have a film history like italian neorealism, the french new wave, german expressionism and the american classic cinema… so what are the best films that have come out of Canada?
Jesus of Montreal [Jésus de Montréal]
Egoyan and Arcand are your solid choices for the best Canada has to offer.
Cronenberg is a good Canadian.
Nate, blah! I totally forgot. Of course, Cronenberg. Bruce La Bruce is another excellent Canadian.
I’ll be first to jump in with Guy Maddin, whom I love, as well as agreeing with Egoyan and Cronenberg.
Leaving aside Cronenberg and Egoyan (who are great, but we all know about them, right?), here are a few off the top of my head: Leolo, Hard Core Logo, Les Ordres, Mon Oncle Antoine, Of Whales, the Moon and Men (horrible title, but a great documentary), most of the work of Guy Maddin (but Careful and Cowards Bend the Knee especially), the collected works of Norman McLaren, Monkey Warfare, Picture of Light, Gambling, Gods and LSD, Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, Le Confessionnal, and lords knows what else I’m forgetting.
Egoyan’s “The Sweet Hereafter” still haunts; I’ll also throw a few bouquets toward Ted Kotcheff’s adaptations of Mordecai Richler: “The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz” and “Joshua, Then and Now.”
Its a shame Norman McLaren, Ryan Larkin and Arthur Lipsett aren’t listed as Auteurs here.
I think Walking by Ryan Larkin is the best Canadian film. Yes its a short, but it achieves an emotional effect that most feature length film could not.
Never in cinema has so much been achieved, so simply in so little frames. I think its the Zenith of Canadian cinema and it truly makes me proud to be a Canadian Filmmaker.
C.R.A.Z.Y. by Jean-Marc Vallée
It’s a Canadian/Spanish collaboration, but I thought ‘My Life Without Me’ was really good one.
Goin’ Down the Road
Les Invasion Barberes
The Sweet Hereafter.
Mon Oncle Antoine is, in my opinion, the best Canadian film. I love that one.
Leolo is great as well. Guy Maddin’s films are also great. His latest, My Winnipeg, is one of this year’s best.
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Barbarian Invasions, Ararat, Exotica, Dead Ringers, and Videodrome are all good stuff.
Jutra’s Mon Oncle Antoine, without a doubt.
I love GOIN’ DOWN THE ROAD and NOBODY WAVED GOODBYE, which to me typify something in the Canadian character in the Sixties and early Seventies, a sense that culturally they were a nation struggling to graduate to the status of a “real” film industry. They’re also simple but deeply affecting films that have not received the exposure they deserve in the United States (and neither is available on DVD in the US).
Hell now almost everything is filmed in Toronto. Even Romero filmed his last two pictures there and it’s hard to drag him out of Pittsburgh.
Egoyan’s “The Sweet hereafter”, Jean-Marc Vallée’s “Crazy” and Luc Picard for “L’audition”
I don’t think I’ve seen too many Canadian films, but Mon Oncle Antoine and The Sweet Hereafter were both amazing. Is it right to think of Cronenberg’s work as Canadian cinema?
Although I mostly agree with the above list, here some that haven’t been mentioned
I am not sure many have heard of Allan King films outside Canada, especially his documentaries. I myself haven’t seen many because I haven’t found them on dvd yet, but I am planning to look for them.
some of his films that I recall are “Warrendale”, “Dying at Grace”, “Empz4life”, “Married Couple”, “Matter of Pride.”
Also I would add “Manufactured Landscapes” by Jennifer Baichwal
We – as in Canada – may not have a recognizable film history to point but it has NFB.
I can’t believe no one has mentioned Ginger Snaps.
I also like Cronenberg’s The Dead Zone but I don’t know how Canadian that is deemed.
I’d agree for HARD CORE LOGO. one of the best I saw…
i cant wait to rewatch ‘mon uncle antoine’ on christmas eve, i was sent it accidently and absolutely loved it. guy maddin and david cronenberg are pretty much the only canadian filmmakers i have an interest in tho.
Oh my god, I completely forgot, The Barbarian Invasions is probably the best Canadian movie I’ve seen.
All early Egoyan. The Adjuster is fantastic. Robert LePage is criminally underrated (at least as a filmmaker) and his film Possible Worlds is amongst the best.