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3.6
496 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.

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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

Funk willfully deviates from the expectations of a Canadian film about hockey, and the film is grueling by design, unflinching in its gaze of Tyson’s descent.
November 09, 2016
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The narrative works on a social level—via the commodification of (masculine) bodies, as well as a historical one—explored through the character of Eric, an ex-hockey player with a First Nations background. But it’s in the sharp, observational rigor of Tyson’s increasingly fraught situation that the film’s tragic force resides. By the end, after everything has been stripped away, once the echoes of the national anthem have faded, there is only the immediacy of that closing passage.
October 01, 2016
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Often framing its protagonist’s close-cropped head from behind or in stark profile, Funk’s camera has an almost Austrian ruthlessness—imagine a nation’s national pastime treated like Benny’s Video. Rather than a tightening-the-screws race to a crackup, Hello Destroyer is a patient and pensively compassionate observation of lost people rattling around within hypocritical systems, in and out of the ice rink.
September 12, 2016
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