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3.6
492 Ratings

Hello Destroyer

Directed by Kevan Funk
Canada, 2016
Drama

Synopsis

A young junior hockey player’s life is shattered by an in-game act of violence. In an instant his life is abruptly turned upside down; torn from the fraternity of the team and the coinciding position of prominence, he is cast as a pariah and ostracized from the community.

Hello Destroyer Directed by Kevan Funk

Awards & Festivals

Vancouver International Film Festival

2016 | Winner: Best Emerging BC Filmmaker

Vancouver Film Critics Circle

2017 | 5 wins including: Best Canadian Film

2017 | 3 nominations including: Best Supporting Actor in a Canadian Film

What are people saying?

  • astygianelysium's rating of the film Hello Destroyer

    The most shocking thing about this film is its simplicity: it lays all its formal-affective techniques (most of all how the sound design conveys a depthless solitude) and never strays from its sense of patience. But I was utterly hypnotized, and haunted still by Tyson gripping the sink, all the emotion held by his fist and the water's drip. What masculinity renders unspeakable only the cinematic image can redeem.

  • J. O.'s rating of the film Hello Destroyer

    Quietly tragic, unfolding with silhouetted faces and sparse dialogue. Focusing on fostering its heavy atmosphere, the vagueness in the story (at least off the top) felt pretentious and unnecessary - while cartoonish coaches and fathers felt condescending and laughable. Lead by a taut, powerful performance from Abrahamson, the film meditates on the role of a hero once it has been decided they're a pariah. Brutal.

  • EdieEmm's rating of the film Hello Destroyer

    I've never been the hugest fan of this type of relentless, gritty, aggressive filmmaking; there was always something irritating about the way it's popularly held up as the definition of 'serious' filmmaking. So it's an utterly fitting vehicle for an exploration of toxic masculinity, its effect on the boys forced to grow into men through its constraints, & the way it doesn't so much protect men as protect itself. 3.75

  • msmichel's rating of the film Hello Destroyer

    Strong debut film from Kevan Funk mixing the testosterone of the Canadian past time and the traumatic aftermath of sports violence within the context of an 'art' film. Pretty successful if not a little dry and overbearing at times. The lead is captured well by young Jared Abrahamson with solid support throughout. The politics of sports are well captured in two succinct scenes.

  • Kamran's rating of the film Hello Destroyer

    Striking cinematography and understated performances drive this riveting debut about a Hockey player shamed for doing what he was bred to do. 87/100 - Excellent. (4.5)

  • cscass16's rating of the film Hello Destroyer

    Gut-wrenching and unsparing. One of the few sports films to take a hard look at the toxic aspects of Canadian hockey culture and the disposability of young athletes within a system that encourages violence but is unwilling to acknowledge its consequences. A haunting film.

  • Nick Potter's rating of the film Hello Destroyer

    Morose and tragic and quiet and haunting. This is my favorite thing about Mubi; I'd never have even known that this existed in the first place, and I'm so happy to have seen this little nugget.

  • lou.'s rating of the film Hello Destroyer

    Hard to watch. I skipped every single slaughterhouse scene, but I couldn't really find any violence in the young, quiet and sensitive guy: he lives his tragedy, fundamentally alone [yes, we all are, but still], abandoned from his friends and loved ones when he needs emotional support the most. Visually, the cinematography is powerful, the leading actor's performance is remarkable, the narrative affected me so deeply.

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